Value your contributions to society – First Lady tells women’s confab

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First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger expresses her gratitude to Ms. Jacquelyn Shipe, after she presented her with a token of appreciation at the conference

FIRST Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger has noted that it is important for women to recognise and value their contributions to society, as she encouraged them to make good use of the skills which they possess.
At the time of her remarks, the First Lady was addressing the opening ceremony of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI), women’s conference, which is being held at the Georgetown Club. According to a release from the Ministry of the Presidency, the First Lady alluded to the fact that women in leadership roles play a vital role in moulding society and it is important that they understand the task given to them as leaders.
“I always tell women that they must recongnise and admire the qualities [that] they have in themselves, even though it might not be heralded or commended. They are economists, counsellors, and they are also good at other practical things,”Mrs. Granger was quoted as saying in the release.

Participants at the YLAI Women’s Conference interacting during one of their ‘icebreaker’ exercises.

According to the release, Mrs. Granger noted that although women continue to speak less of what they do in the homes, they continue to be the family’s backbone.
“We must not be embarrassed to ask for fees for the things we do… very often women feel that the things they do they must not [add a price to it],” Mrs. Granger said.
Meanwhile, United States Ambassador to Guyana, Mr. Perry Holloway, in his remarks encouraged the women to become leaders of tomorrow’s generation for the advancement of their nation.
“Guyana is at the crossroads of transforming from being one of the poorest nations on the western hemisphere to one of the wealthiest. It will take great leaders, men and women to help Guyana navigate through and address the challenges of the future.
“Women are a vibrant force in business, civil society, government and every place else as you work to advance social and economic causes and safeguard human rights. Women’s participation and investing in young people are key areas that are essential to building stronger, more prosperous and a more inclusive country. It is a simple fact that no country can fully develop if half of its citizens are left behind. Progress for women and progress for the country go hand in hand,” he was quoted as saying by the Ministry of the Presidency.
The Ambassador also praised the 2016 recipient of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Award, Ms. Abbigale Loncke, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Community Health Care whom he noted is an inspiration to young leaders of Guyana. Ms. Loncke represented Guyana at the YLAI’s 2016 seminar in Peru, where she shared her business module with young leaders across the world.
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Global Ties Alabama and Soaring LLC, Ms. Jacquelyn Shipe, also attended the conference. With its focus on women’s work in the public sector, private sector and also on the youth perspective, the event was well attended by several women entrepreneurs and budding entrepreneurs throughout Guyana. It is being held under the theme ‘Empowered leadership in 2017’.