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When I sought my fellow female Parliamentarians’ support to be elected to the position of CWP Chair, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what was required to take this body forward, and how I would help to steer the CWP in that direction.

What I did not realize was the amount of time I would have to spend on fulfilling this mandate. Let me hasten to say, though, that I considered it time well spent and wish to acknowledge that being elected to serve as CWP Chair has been one of the greatest honours bestowed upon me.

I will be eternally grateful to those of you who gave me the opportunity to serve the women of the Commonwealth in this way.

In my pre-election speech made during the annual conference in Kenya in 2010, I outlined my hopes, plans and dreams and I had every intention to see them through. But, as they say, time flies. The three years have gone by so quickly. I may not have completed my agenda, but I am pleased to report that during my tenure I was able to see the allocation of funding to CWP work-related programmes increase to £100,000, incorporate the CWP Chairperson to be part of the co-ordinating Committee, and work on building a formal structural network within each region.

Hon. Alix Boyd Knights MHA Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians

Committee which was held at the beginning of the Conference. I must advise the members of the Regional Steering Committees that while the members of the Executive Committee were co-operative and willingly increased the CWP allocation so dramatically, it now falls on these committees to make full use of the funding to develop and maintain a firm CWP structure within each region. I end my stewardship confident that the baton which I held for the past three years is going into good hands. I will, however be available whenever I am called to the CWP in every way that I can.

I would like to thank the President of the CWP, Hon. Dorothy Thapelo Chiloane, MP, for delivering a thought- provoking and inspiring address at the 59th Conference, and many thanks also to Hon. Mninawa Mahlangu, President of the CPA for supporting the CWP in such a tangible manner. Thank you to the CPA Secretary-General, Dr Shija, for being so very supportive during my tenure. Your guidance throughout has contributed greatly to the things I was able to accomplish.

It would be remiss of me if I did not thank the other members of CPA Headquarters. Meenakshi, I thank you for your patience, your support and readily forthcoming advice. The same goes for Ian, Tina, Musonda, Luseane, and the


I am pleased to report that the workshop I presented in, based on the theme “Strategies for getting more women into Parliament” and employing the concepts of Mentoring, Motivating and Mobilizing will soon be tested in my country. I am hoping that by the end of this year the first workshop will be held for women political aspirants from all over Dominica and a report will be prepared analysing the outcome.

I presented my full report on my tenure at the CWP Business Meeting in South Africa, along with the report of the meeting of the CWP Steering

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Finally, to all Women Parliamentarians, thank you for your support and your kind words of encouragement and assistance.

This has been an incredible journey for me but only one segment in the relay race that is the life of CWP. As I hand over the baton to Rt Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, MP, I feel confident that CWP is on the right path to assist women Parliamentarians and help them to be the best parliamentary representatives in every way possible. I thank you all.

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