On 11 July 2009, people around the world observed the 20th World Population Day in different ways; in Dominica the celebration was distinctively muted.
We lost an excellent opportunity to start to create meaningful change in the lives of our women but it’s never be too late to create a positive movement in relation to this.
The theme “Investing in our women and girls,” should have given the opportunity to several individuals and groups to highlight the accomplishments of outstanding women in their respective communities and at least create a start to a platform that would encourage better treatment for our girls and women, while a the same time challenging them to excel in various spheres of Caribbean living.
Investing in girlsâ€™ education delivers well-known returns. When girls are educated, they are more likely to earn higher wages and obtain better jobs, to have fewer and healthier children and to enjoy safer childbirth. Investing in womenâ€™s health, especially reproductive health, can not only save the lives of half a million mothers, but also unleash an estimated $15 billion in productivity each year.
It’s time for our decision-makers to begin protecting womenâ€™s ability to earn income, keep their daughters in school, and obtain reproductive health information and services, including voluntary family planning.
Together, let us empower women as highly productive members of society, capable of contributing to our country economic recovery and growth.
Hi. I’ll be in Dominica soon, as my husband will be attending medical school at Ross. I’ve been a high school teacher here in the US and am interested in what you’ve written about women’s education. I will most likely have some time on my hands while my husband studies, and I would like to help out. Is there a specific organization already at which I could volunteer? Where would you recommend I expend my efforts?
Hi Julianneâ€¦Itâ€™s great gesture that youâ€™re willing to volunteer some of your time and experience. But seeing that your husband will be attending Ross U, itâ€™s likely that you guys will be renting an apartment in the Picard, Glanvillia or Portsmouth area.
Iâ€™m not certain, but I believe that Ross University front office will be a great place to start – the university plays a active role in Portsmouth and the nearby communities by sponsoring different community projects and youth groups. I wonâ€™t surprise if theyâ€™re able to point you in the right direction.
Beside that Dominica is a very small island and the people are very friendly, soon youâ€™re going to make lots of new friends in the area – then you can always ask them.
Take care Julianne and I hope you enjoy your stay in Dominica.