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PRESS RELEASE: U&S and Minister Flood-Beaubrun agreed on the unacceptable nature of discrimination targeting women and LGBT community

By United & Strong
From left: United and Strong Inc's Communications and Advocacy Officer Bennet Charles; Minister with responsibilty for External Affairs Hon. Sarah Flood Beaubrun, United and Strong Inc Board Secretary Jessica St. Rose and Permanent Secretary Dr. Alison Gajadhar.

From left: United and Strong Inc’s Communications and Advocacy Officer Bennet Charles; Minister with responsibilty for External Affairs Hon. Sarah Flood Beaubrun, United and Strong Inc Board Secretary Jessica St. Rose and Permanent Secretary Dr. Alison Gajadhar.

On the heels of the 47th regular session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) taking place on June 19-21 in the city of Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, United and Strong’s request to meet with Hon. Sarah Flood Beaubrun was accepted.

The meeting sort to provide the Minister with information on the work of United and Strong Inc (U&S), discrimination issues faced by LGBT persons and the government’s position on recommendations made at the 2011 and 2015 UPR cycles.

Hon. Sarah Flood Beaubrun, Minister with responsibility for External Affairs and accompanied by Permanent Secretary Dr. Alison Gadjahdar, hosted the United and Strong’s delegation of the Communications and Advocacy Officer – Bennet Charles and Board Secretary Jessica St. Rose.

United and Strong provided the Hon. Sarah Flood Beaubrun and her team with our Annual Summary 2016 and a briefing on current projects in 2017.

Both parties agreed on the unacceptable nature of discrimination targeting women and members of the LGBT community.

Conversation related to recommendations made in the 1st and 2nd Cycles of St. Lucia’s Universal Periodic Review saw both parties agreeing to have followup meetings to discuss these recommendations.

The Minister and her staff made a commitment to extend an invitation to United and Strong Inc to be part of a national UPR consultation.

The various atrocities experienced by key populations in St. Lucia clearly highlighted the need for advocacy. There was consensus that major changes in the attitudes of certain sectors of society needs to happen, however the question still remains, whether such advocacy should be the role of the Government, or whether it should be carried out by organisations like United and Strong Inc?

United and Strong Inc will look to continue it’s consultative process and curtosy visits to other key Ministers within this new administration. We remain adamant in our call to have government state a clear position on the LGBT community, while at the same time recognizing our work and it’s positive impact.

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4 comments

  1. Did the United and Strong Inc delegation speak to the Minister who is also the Disappeared and Absentee Parliamentary Representative for Castries Central about the Minister's own decided negligence of that constituency where crimes against women and LGBT persons are the highest in Saint Lucia?

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  2. It's interesting how the LGBTQ people pretend to be concerned about an issue but use it to then attach themselves to it and push their own agenda. It's a strategy that has work very well in the US and in Canada - foot in the door technique. What out Lucia an agenda is being forced upon you through backdoor methods. Pun intended.

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  3. Should a Government minister be chatting about these leftie topics or even keeping long boring conferences on that type of discussion? Would it not be better to stand aside as an officious by-stander and monitor them rather than participate in their conferences? To me if a minister of Government dabbles his/her being into this kind of speak, it will be easily thought that he/she has a deep-seated grudge about it and is biased and driven by it. This would tarnish his/her reputation. Above all, these conferences are tedious, monotonous, would not improve ministerial skill and the electorate would easily say that the Minister went there either to escape a hard day's work or to get a free lunch or two. ....And probably even more rumours which a minister should avoid.

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