PHILIPSBURG – United People’s (UP) party Member of Parliament Tamara Leonard says the theme of International Women’s Day “Make It Happen” is a call to women on St. Maarten and all over the world to make more happen in their communities and a call to all women to strive for even more.
“To God be the Glory! From God, we women get much strength to conquer all obstacles and overcome challenges. Women, like you and me, know there is still much more we need to make happen in our country. We need to let our voices be heard more. We need to let our views on policy and development now. We need to start supporting each other more as community mothers, sisters and friends,” Leonard says a message to mark International Women’s Day.
“Women on St. Maarten have shattered the glass ceiling in many areas. Many women hold high positions in the public and private sector. But, there is still more ground to cover. Our girls must be taught they can ‘Make It Happen’ for their future with a solid education, well thought out goals, and a desire to build themselves and our country,” says Leonard.
Women, who struggle and succeed every day to “make it happen” for themselves and their families, must be applauded. “We need to give each other more encouragement, a helping hand and comfort. The more women lean on and support each other, the more we can make happen for our country,” said Leonard.
She congratulated fellow women on the marking of yet another International Women’s Day. “Together, we will make it happen for St. Maarten.”
IWD will be observed around the world on Sunday, March 8. The day presents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality.
The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911.