UWP recognizes three women for their contribution to development in Dominica

by: - March 7, 2012
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The women’s arm of the United Workers Party on Wednesday recognized three women who have contributed to Dominica’s development as part of activities to commemorate International Women’s Day.

Former teacher and founding member of the UWP Vernice Belony, former health minister Doreen Paul and former community development minister Gertrude Roberts.

Vernice Bellony. Photo credit: culturedominica.com

Public relations officer of the United Workers Party women’s arm Diane Telemaque explained that the party decided to recognize these women for their contribution towards politics and the overall development of women on the island.

“Mrs. Roberts for instance, she is very respectable and she contributed quite a lot to the education of women. She was always against violence against women. They always looked up to her because she was very polite person and she has helped a lot, especially the underprivileged children. She also looked out for the adults too.”

Telemaque noted however that Doreen Paul made her mark in the health sector.

“She was the ministry of health and she made sure that the people who were sick were given assistance and attention. She was always looking for those who could not afford, to assist them in any way possible, to get the best health care.”

According to Telemaque, Vernice Belony, a past teacher contributed to the education system and was instrumental in assisting several persons in Vieille Case.

International Women’s Day is an annual event observed on March 8th to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and worldwide.

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