Minister Broomes launch Ann’s Grove women’s group for empowerment & social welfare

DPI, GUYANA, Sunday, July 9 2017

Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources, Simona Broomes encouraged the women of the ‘Ann’s Grove Sisters Group’ to nurture the young women in the right direction, as they tackle the issues affecting women in the community.

(From Left) President of Ann’s Grove Sisters Group, Eunice Fortune, Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources Simona Broomes, Vice-President of Ann’s Grove Sisters Arelene Barry and Secretary Adonnea Barry

Minister Broomes was speaking at the launch and election of the ‘Ann’s Grover Sisters’ group in Ann’s Grove Village on the East Coast of Demerara.

Minister Broomes, one of the ten female ministers in Government noted that President Granger is committed to the advancement and further development of women in Guyana. “In Guyana’s history the President is making a difference and really lifting women up to the places that they belong, not only in the Judiciary,” Minister Broomes said.

While encouraging the women to be empowered, Minister Broomes reminded them that even though the issues can sometimes be bigger than expected, the solutions are most times within them.

“For me, woman plays an important role in our society. Not only in politics, in education, all across (the country) women play an important role and I think sometimes we women don’t recognise or realise the strength and what you can do to better your community in the society in which we are a part,” Minister Broomes noted.

Minister Simona Broomes addressing the women at the Launch and Election of Ann’s Grove Sisters Group

Eunice Fortune, newly elected President of the Ann’s Grove Sisters Group, in her remarks thanked Minster Broomes for her support and encouragement towards ensuring the group begins its journey. Fortune also encouraged the other women in the community of like-mind to make a difference and come on board.

Fortune is supported by Vice- President Arelene Barry, Secretary Adonnea Barry, Assistant Secretary Sharon Collins, Treasurer Dacia Mahaica and Assistant Treasurer Alexis Fernandes.

The Ann’s Grove Sisters group was formed with the main aim of empowering and improving the lives of women in the community, while creating a healthy space for interaction.

Ann’s Grove was founded in the early 1800s and is situated on the East Coast, Demerara, some 30 kilometres/18.6 miles from Georgetown. The village has a population of approximately 5,000 residents.

By: Delon Sancho

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