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Ministry of Home Affairs announces the appointment of Mrs. Ronya Foy Connor as Gender Development Coordinator

Written by: Public Relations

January 07, 2014

The Ministry of Home Affairs would like to announce that with effect from Thursday  January 2nd, 2014, Mrs. Ronya Foy Connor has taken up the position of Gender Development Coordinator in the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Among her job functions will be  to plan, develop, direct, coordinate and manage the day to day activities of the  Gender Affairs Unit and be the  national focal point for gender in Anguilla through the implementation and monitoring of programmes, policies and activities aimed at effecting gender equality in the workplace and the wider community.

Minister of Home Affairs with responsibility for Gender the Hon. Jerome Roberts has welcomed Mrs. Foy Connor to the Ministry and says the appointment represents a positive step forward in the Ministry’s and Government’s gender platform of action. He notes that areas of focus this year will be the commissioning of a Gender Affairs Unit, the passage of the Domestic Violence Bill and the extension of CEDAW to Anguilla.

Principal Assistant Secretary in the Ministry Mr. Kenneth Hodge who has responsibility for Gender Affairs, says the filling of this position was timely as there were many key issues on the gender platform to be addressed this year and beyond. He noted that this position had been in the making for a considerable time and thanked the Ministry and other key stakeholders including the Gender Working Group for their commitment and support to this process.

Mrs. Foy Connor said she was pleased to join the Ministry and looked forward to promoting and advancing gender equality in Anguilla among men, women, boys and girls. “It is an important time for our nation to look at ways that we can foster the social, economic and political betterment of all of us living in Anguilla,” she noted.

Among her  immediate priorities will be the compiling of  a national  gender calendar of events, registration of all mens’ and womens’ groups on the island as well as supporting all national celebrations such as Anguilla Day from a gender perspective, which speaks to uniting all sectors in the community.

“I look forward to developing individual capabilities in addition to our collective strengths,” she added.

The Ministry has congratulated Mrs. Foy Connor on her appointment and urges that all Ministries and Departments as well as the NGO community provide all assistance necessary  as she undertakes her new duties as Gender Development Coordinator.


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