First Lady spreads cheer to Region Three women – in observance of Int’l Women’s Day
Georgetown, GINA, March 10, 2014
First Lady Mrs. Deolatchmee Ramotar and members of the First Lady’s Foundation visited and delivered goodies to approximately 100 Region Three senior citizens who would have made significant contributions to Guyana’s development. The gesture was in observance of International Women’s Day on Saturday.
The presentations were done at the Patentia Secondary School, West Bank Demerara and Zeelugt Primary School, West Coast Demerara, while visits were made to the homes of five senior citizens who were unable to travel to the venues.
First Lady Deolatchmee Ramotar with Two Senior Citizens at Zeelugt Primary School
International Women’s Day which was launched in 1911 is celebrated each year on March 8. It is a day when organisations, religious communities, and Governments engage in the quest for peace, democracy and equality, to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.
During brief remarks, First Lady Ramotar stated that Government continues to honour women who would have contributed to the country’s economy, and each year the foundation has been moving to different locations to ensure that every community benefits from this gesture.
First Lady Mrs. Deolatchmee Ramotar with residents of West Bank Demerara at the Patentia Secondary School
The First Lady noted that International Women’s day is a day to observe the contributions of women and no women must be forgotten.
“They have contributed in many ways to the development of Guyana, in helping their families and communities, and so we think they deserve the acknowledgement,” the First Lady said.
In Guyana and the Caribbean, the background to the observance of International Women’s Day differs from that of their sister countries in the Western World.
They developed an early tradition of struggle and activism born out of their experiences in shaking off the shackles of slavery and indentureship, followed by the exploitation of colonialism.
First Lady Deolatchmee Ramotar presenting a gift to an 86-year old resident at Zeelugt, WCD