Women’s Producers Market in Micoud was a dazzling display
Persons who attended the Women’s Producers Market in Micoud yesterday, Saturday, March 7, 2020, were greeted with a dazzling display of a wide variety of locally produced products made by women.
Twenty-two women producers displayed their products at the event, which was organized by the Ministry of Gender Relations, held to commemorate International Women’s Day, which is held every year on March 8.
Some of the products which were on display include handbags, cosmetic jewellery, pastries, confectionaries, clothing, agricultural products, tree crops, flowers and books.
In addressing the gathering, Minister of Gender Relations, Hon Dr Gail Rigobert said she was impressed by the talent displayed by women of the country.
“A lot of talent went into producing an event like this, but the real talent is on the tables. We have women who proved they can multi-task…proved they can be mothers, professionals, artisans and entrepreneurs. Women are proving no matter what the challenge is they can still stand tall,” Rigobert said.
She lamented that we are continuing to struggle to find more avenues to help enhance the economic might and independence of women.
“I want to give you every assurance that we are committed to ensuring that more opportunities become available to you. We want to make sure that our women are cared for,” Rigobert said.
Olivia Amos, Gender Relations Officer
In an interview with Loop News, Gender Relations Officer, Olivia Amos said she was satisfied with the quality of products displayed by the women, who came from various communities around the island.
She said the purpose of the event was to bring women's talent to the fore.
“We wanted to bring women from all over the island to showcase their talent…to show that women in Saint Lucia can provide for themselves. They are marketers, strong-willed and can strive on their own,” Amos said.
Speaking with some of the women entrepreneurs at the event, they said the idea was a very good one, adding that it helped to showcase their talent. However, they said they were a bit disappointed with the turnout.
Jessica Anius, a resident of the northern part of the island, said: “We came here because we felt the event it was a very good idea. Kudos to the Minister of Gender Relations.”
Isha Biscette said the event is another way of proving that women are much stronger now and less dependent on men.