(ZIZ News) – Junior Minister of Gender Affairs in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA), Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams is encouraging the use of technology as a tool to shape our girls into entrepreneurs, activist and industry leaders.
The Gender Affairs Minister was at the time delivering an address to mark International Women’s Day on Friday March 8.
She said it is through technology and innovation that results have come through the fight for change and equality.
“Through technology and innovation, particularly through the lens of social media, we have seen so many struggling but strong women come to the fore to tell of their story, and shape the national and international conversation on many issues. For example, through the innovative social media movement “Life in Leggings” we saw how technology was used to shift social norms and attitudes”, she expressed.
She added, “It is innovation and reducing barriers to women’s ability to access the by-products of such innovation, which has also allowed us to expand our choices – be it in business, healthcare, politics, agriculture and various other fields of human endeavour but we still can and must do more.”
The Junior Minister also explained what this year’s theme, “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate For Change” means for the women of our nation.
She said, “This year’s international theme “think equal, build smart, innovate for change” encourages us to think of the innovative ways in which we can harness the potential of women, and to likewise use these innovative ideas to build smart and sustainable communities.”
She then wished all women around the world a Happy International Women’s Day and asked that ask all our citizens would join the celebration of talents of women and girls in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.