On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2011, I am pleased to express my solidarity with the cause of women’s emancipation and empowerment. I extend my sincere wishes to all women in Seychelles and particularly to those who are in the front line of the effort to improve the lives of families in Seychelles.
The aims associated with International Women’s Day are central to the overall goal of national development and progress. When we talk about matters that affect the lives of women and seek to improve them, we are also tackling the issues that matter most to Seychelles as a whole. These include improving salary and working conditions for women, alleviating the social ills and problems that affect our country today, and enabling women to become leaders in all areas of national affairs. I believe that whatever we achieve in relation to these causes will go directly to improving the conditions for families and therefore for children and for our future.
Many of these issues that we talk about in relation to women go back to fundamental human rights. When we strive to achieve them, we are going back to reaffirming the principles of our Constitution, which enshrine the spirit of our nation. So, it must also be our determination that these issues remain at the core of our work all through the year and not only on International Women’s Day. For that reason, any statement that we make for the occasion should remain as resolutions or commitments for the rest on the year, until we renew them on the next International Women’s Day.
I would like to commend all those who are involved in the organisation of activities for International Women’s Day and those who will participate. It is an occasion when everyone can come together without regard to political, cultural or social differences. It will reflect a spirit of unity which we must promote so that we can come closer towards achieving the goal of one Seychelles in which every one of our citizens feels at home.