The CWP Chair's Women's Day 2011 Message

I want to wish all Women Parliamentarians and other Women of the Commonwealth, as well all women in the world, a Happy International Women’s Day (IWD) 2011.
I regard International Women's day as a day of stock-taking, a day to look back at the past year and reflect on the developments  that have taken place, not just in my life,  but the lives of Women everywhere.  It is a time to take note of the contribution of governments and institutions within our country to further empower women.

Last year (2010) the Women Parliamentarians from around the Commonwealth elected me as CWP Chair. I see this affirmation by Women as an important step in my personal development and I hope to use my term in office to bring to the fore issues confronting women through the engine of Parliaments; and with the support of Women Parliamentarians from around the Commonwealth, I intend to make the empowerment of commonwealth women my number one goal. 

This year, 2011 is particularly significant as it is the centenary anniversary of IWD and with particular focus on the year’s theme of ‘equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women’. It gives us an opportunity to review the progress made by women in each of these areas, and though we can take comfort in this level of progress, know that there is still work to be done.

 My Commonwealth sisters, let us put our heads and hearts together to make the coming year the most progressive ever for women the world over. In unison, we will grow stronger and prosper.

Hon. Alix Boyd Knights, MHA, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Dominica and Chair of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians