Newly-elected representative for the Soufriere Constituency, Denise Charles, was sworn-in as a parliamentarian on Monday, June 27th.
She took her oath before the house and congratulatory messages followed.
“I believe her victory in large measure is as a result of the observations of the people of that constituency that she is someone who will have their best interest at heart always. It is also a vote of confidence, appreciation and gratitude from the people of the Soufriere Constituency,” said the Hon Prime Minister, Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit.
Minister Justina Charles said, “I am strengthened and elated as a woman and I think that collectively the six women on the Government side will definitely demonstrate our ability as women to give good leadership to our people. It also speaks to our ability to address the many concerns not just of women. Denise will truly represent the people of the Soufriere Constituency and will do her utmost.”
The Opposition’s Monelle Williams added, “I hope that with you as an additional female member, we can see strengthening and amendments to Acts, rights and Bills that will serve the women and girls of this country. I thank you and congratulations again.”
“It has been an absolute pleasure working with Denise for this short period which brought about her presence in this House,” shared Minister Ian Douglas. “She has been a very focused, dedicated lady but her most important, attribute to my mind, is her ability to serve her people. Even before she formally entered this profession, Denise has been involved in the service of the people of the Soufriere Constituency and I believe that that is probably the most important ingredient of a politician-a life of service.”
The Hon Speaker of the House of Assembly, Alix Boyd-Knights, also welcomed the new parliamentarian.
She said, “It shows that we are making strides to put women in Parliament and acknowledge that women have a very important role to play in a country especially in leadership.
“Hearty congratulations to you and I wish you all the best. I have a feeling that you will live up to the expectations no matter how high they have been set...”
Hon Denise Charles responded by giving thanks to God, members of Parliament and her constituents.
She says a bright and prosperous future is ahead for her constituency.
Hon Parliamentary Representatives for Roseau Central and Roseau North Respectively, Joseph Isaac and Daniel Lugay also congratulated Hon Charles.
Millennium development goal number three calls for gender equality and the empowerment of women.
Since 1995, the global average proportion of women in parliament has nearly doubled to 22% in January 2015.
Globally, women still occupy less than a quarter of the seats in parliament which translates to one woman for every five men.
Hon Denise Charles brings the number of females in the House of Parliament to eight. This means Dominica reports 25.8% gender parity in Parliament.