According to a memorandum circulated by the acting Permanent Secretary for that Ministry, Sharon Rattan, the day – which is celebrated on 8th March, 2011 – “is a time for persons to reflect on how far we have come in our struggle for equality, peace and development and provides an opportunity for persons to unite, network and mobilize for meaningful change.”
This year’s observance will be held under the theme, “Equal Access to Education, Training and Science and Technology” and as part of the commemoration, “The Department of Gender Affairs will host a series of activities including the 8th annual Women’s Day Awards Ceremony which seeks to award women who have demonstrated exemplary achievements, discipline, vision and excellence and presentations in High Schools.”
Additionally, the Roving Display of Pioneering Women of St. Kitts will also be launched as well as a weekly feature in the media highlighting a local female trailblazer.
According to the memo, activities run from as early as 1st March, and conclude around the end of that month.
Other activities include:
March 1st – Panel Discussion hosted by Winning with Women
March 6th – Worship at Antioch Baptist Church
March 12th – Health Walk from the round-a-bout near Best Buy under the bridge and along the by-pass road into Frigate Bay. It will end by the empty lot of land by the last round-a-bout – the area where people exercise and have picnics.
March 24th – Presentation of Positive Images of Women in collaboration with Island Expressions
March 31st – March Women’s Forum