Three very strong women will be contesting seats in the Castries basin on behalf of the United Workers Party (UWP) at the next general election, Political leader Allen Chastanet has said.
Chastanet was referring to Castries Central candidate, Sarah Flood- Beaubrun, Castries South candidate, Mary Isaac, and Castries East candidate, Fortuna Belrose, stating that are all incredible women.
The former Tourism Minister declared that all three female candidates have unique backgrounds and have done exceptionally well in serving the people of Saint Lucia at various capacities in the past.
He said the inclusion of more women to the party will create a gender balance, and will also bring about a certain balance to the Cabinet if the UWP is elected to office following the next general election.
“When I heard an interview done by six of the women that are on the cabinet for Canada, one of the things that they said that was encouraging and affected me is that for their entire life as a woman, they have always been on boards where they were the minority and that for the first time they were on a board that they were equals.”
Chastanet said he believes that Saint Lucia has some “incredibly strong” women and in fact they are the ones who excel the most in society, which is evident throughout the island.
While encouraging more women to join local politics, the UWP leader also revealed that there is a possibility that one more female could be joining the party’s list of candidates to contest the next election.
The UWP, he said, plans to name very soon the two remaining candidates for Dennery North and Vieux Fort North.