President of the Collectivité Daniel Gibbs.
MARIGOT–President of the Collectivité Daniel Gibbs expressed his gratitude to the women of St. Martin, saluting them for their “courage and self-sacrifice” and describing them as “pillars of the family” in his message for International Women’s Day, celebrated around the world today, March 8.
“The women of St. Martin are at the heart of our socio-economic development,” he said. “A schoolteacher, childcare worker, doctor, police officer, business manager, saleswoman, restaurateur, domestic worker, politician, active woman or sportswoman … St. Martin women are on all fronts.
“The women of our island are talented, creative and ambitious, and they demonstrate this every day more and more. Over this long weekend, they shone brightly during the Carnival parades and gracefully represented St. Martin’s culture. In St. Martin we have remarkable women who have marked the history of our island and who are an example for the younger generations.
“I am thinking of those who fought for women’s freedom; Lady Liberty, whose statue proudly sits on the Agrément roundabout; the late Yaya Richards from St. Louis, who has contributed to the influence of our culture; and the late Yvette Fleming-Hodge, who was an example of perseverance and longevity.
“This date of March 8 dedicated to women allows us to celebrate them, but also to recall the struggles they have waged to acquire their independence. There is still a long way to go in the world to make this freedom a matter of course for all women. It is by acting concretely at each level that progress is achieved, so we must continue to work for the cause of women, to gradually erase inequalities and establish the equity and respect they deserve.
“The day when this International Women’s Rights Day is no longer necessary, we will have fulfilled our collective mission.
“On behalf of the Territorial Council of St. Martin, I wish all the women of St. Martin an excellent day.”