The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has promised to established diplomatic channels to acquire more opportunities for the continued empowerment of women and youth.
This comes after four leading woman from the Houses of Parliament represented Antigua and Barbuda at the 12th Global Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament.
The summit, held on the 12th to the 13th December in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, brought together participants from over 50 countries including women speakers from 35 countries and leaders of government.
A delegation of female parliamentarians successfully represented Antigua and Barbuda, namely President of the Senate the Honourable Alincia Williams Grant, Senator Mary-Clare Hurst, Senator the Honourable Shenella Govia and Clerk to Parliament Ramona Small.
The theme of the summit was ‘United for Shaping the Future,’ and focused on the role that women Speakers in Parliament played in uniting parliamentarians around national and political interests to deliver sustainable prosperity and security for present and future generations in a rapidly changing world.
A Government release described the twin island’s participation in the important Meeting as a signal of the Gaston Browne Administration’s firm commitment to the empowerment of women and youth in Antigua and Barbuda.
The Government said it will continue its efforts to expand the opportunities provided for women to develop their leadership abilities thereby enabling successful advancement in their professional careers.
The summit was held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak and was the largest gathering of women Speakers of Parliaments in the world.