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Notting Hill Carnival 2006

We are in the first week of March which is recognized as Women’s History Month but there are many people around the region who would not have paid attention to this very important celebration.

For some of us there is still a small matter of getting over the Haiti earthquake disaster, followed so quickly by another in Chile. Meanwhile, there is the ongoing concern over the prevailing drought conditions.

The irony of this entire setting is that women will have to play an important role in ensuring that all of the societies spoke of above get over the hurdles they are facing and are able to move to the next level of reconstruction or development.

The fact is, there have been lots remarkable strong women who would have and who still continue to give sterling service to the their country and race.

Women like our very own Dame Eugenia Charles (former Prime Minister of Dominica) or Miss Universe Wendy Fitzwilliams, Miss World Jennifer Hosten of Grenada, and athletes like Merle Ottey must be allowed to retain top spots as women who have done much and who are deserving of having their names in a special bracket of Caribbean life.

The responsibility is on this generation to ensure that many of our great Caribbean women are spoken and written about and place in areas of spotlight that will let everyone know who they are and why they have been elevated.

And what is it that we say? That charity begins at home?

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