It is therefore not surprising that the incumbent Labour Party Government in St. Kitts is starting to focus its attention on the “women vote” ahead of what some are already predicting will be a tough and closely fought election, perhaps later this year.
Prime Minister Denzil Douglas, according to a release from his press office, has therefore promised single working mothers in St. Kitts and Nevis that they will continue to get opportunities to improve their living conditions through home and land ownership, job opportunities and education of their children.
Douglas, while targeting a recent message to workers, most of them single mothers and head of households, that they should also ensure that their children seize the opportunities of a free secondary education and the availability of scholarships and financial assistance to pursue tertiary-level education in St. Kitts and overseas.
The opposition People’s Action Movement, (PAM), has also been trying to promote what it considers to be an impressive track record, when it was in government from 1980-1995, when it introduced a number of new legislation and policies to benefit women generally and workers in particular. Among those that they have spoken of on their platform, include the rights given to female civil servants to keep their jobs as single mothers serving in the government employment but not married. Previous to that, said the PAM officials, un-married women who got pregnant while in the civil service had to resign their position.
For Labour’s Denzil Douglas however, he wants female workers to embrace the promise that his Labour Government will continue to provide opportunities to improve their lot through affordable homes. “This Labour Government continues to improve your family conditions by making it possible for your children, not to come and work in the factories with you, but to go off to universities and colleges abroad,” Dr. Douglas told scores on workers on the C. A. Paul Southwell Industrial Park during a recent meeting.