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Committee of Women Parliamentarians Met with Officials from the Poverty Alleviation Department and the Agency for Drug Abuse & Rehabilitation

Members of the Committee of Women Parliamentarians, Hon. Chantal Ghislain, Hon. Regina Esparon, Hon. Sylvanne Lemiel and Hon. Audrey Vidot met with the Secretary of State responsible for Poverty Alleviation, Ambassador Dick Esparon who was also accompanied by Mr. Ziggy Adam, Mr. Michel Savy, Mr. Henry Bastienne and Mrs. Michelle Sabury from the office of the Agency for Drug Abuse & Rehabilitation last week.

The aim of this reunion was to discuss on how they could collaborate as a team to tackle issues pertaining to women and girls currently affecting our society and confer the way forward.

The officials carried out a presentation that revealed facts and figures as well as explanations on system adaptions for the way forward.  Challenges, strengths, and visions were clearly indicated as the meeting progressed. The alarming statistics of issues that were captured from surveys opened an interest during discussions on how to change the trend and mindset of the society thus getting the government to touch base on the core of the issues. The participants present, strongly weighed up that it is vital to define “one-stop shop” in having all stakeholders on board instead of each working in isolation. The dire need for restructure and developing targeted program, thus monitoring and follow up were all ideas brainstormed as the way forward.

Henceforth, it was mutually agreed by the participants to work closely on different projects and forums in order to make a positive impact and bring about changes.

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