And sticking the topic of politics today the Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis Barrow, saluted all the 19 women who participated in the Municipal Elections held yesterday.
She salutes them for her courage and willingness to put their names on the ballots and to offer themselves to serve the people of our country. Congratulations especially went out to Ms. Fern Gutierrez who is now the only female mayor in the country and Punta Gorda Town’s first female mayor.
Of note is that in the 2012 Municipal Elections there were 35 female candidates; 11 of whom were successful in their municipalities. This year saw a marked increased with 46 female candidates contesting the municipal elections and 19 taking office. The Special Envoy hopes that there will be a continued increase in the participation of women in politics and that public support for those women will also grow.
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