Our party and government salutes this
historic first congress of
our National Women’s Organisation and this outstanding tribute to the
fighting women of free and revolutionary Grenada.
It has been a long, hard road to this day.
This fifth anniversary, this historic
first congress has not come
about easily, without a tremendous amount of sacrifice, a tremendous
struggle on the part of the leading women of our country.
We can see this struggle in several
We can recognise the great achievements of
our fighting women if
we just pause to consider the fact that when this National Women’s
was formed five years ago on December 10th,
1977, we were talking
about 60 of the leading women of our country getting together.
A few years later, on March 13th,
1979, the dawn of
our Revolution, there were only 120 women in the NWO.
And even as late as December 1980, the
figure stood at only 1,500
in 47 groups around the country.
Yet by December 1981, as a result of that
drive that ran from July to December, we are able today to proclaim to
world that our NWO now stands at 6,500 strong.
SACRIFICE AND SUFFERING BROUGHT
And, comrades, as Comrade Phyllis was
pointing out, this
achievement came about as a result of tremendous suffering and
the women of our country – exploitation from slavery, through
Gairyism, GNP-ism, neocolonial independence – exploitation and
saw the women of our country without jobs, with some 70% of them
before the Revolution; exploitation which left our women without
to subject themselves to sexual exploitation in return for work,
which left our women without any security, without any maternity leave,
the right to join trade unions, without the right to equal pay for
exploitation which saw the women of our country with no opportunity for
developing themselves individually and collectively, with no
participate in a democratic way in the running of their own country.
This exploitation left the women of our
country with no peace but
only with harassment as a result of the brutal beatings of their
and brothers, and as a result of the brutal humiliation that they
had to be subjected to at the hands of Gairy’s green beasts, secret
All of this exploitation and suffering
never for one moment
daunted the courage and fighting spirit of the Grenadian women who
At every stage of our history from slavery
and Gairyism, we have been able to see this struggle and fight on the
Let’s consider the recent past – the last
Who can ever forget the glorious marches
of 1970 led by the
nurses of our country, marches that were not called to get better wages
themselves but marches and demonstrations called because of their
lack of bandages and medicines and aspirins and basic facilities in
being called a hospital but could better have been described as the
department of La Qua’s Funeral Agency.
Who could ever forget that year and the
struggle and courage of
And who can ever forget 1971 when the
women farmers of our
country came out in their thousands protesting Gairy’s attempt to grab
Nutmeg Board and Nutmeg Association from them.
Who could ever forget 1973 when the women
of our country were in
the forefront of the people’s struggle against Lord Brownlow, that
parasite who believed he could come to our country and lock up our
claiming it was part of his property!
Who could ever forget the large number of
our women who went to
the airport in April 1973 after Jeremiah Richardson, one of our first
was murdered by a police bullet – and faced the guns and pressures of
and his henchmen.
Who can forget the massive turn out of our
women at the People’s
Convention in Independence in May 1973, and at the People’s Congress in
November of the same year!
Who can forget their fighting spirit then
when they called on
Gairy to resign and when they elected a National Unity Council in order
effect a smooth transition to power of the new Government!
Who can forget the glorious saga of our
fighting women in our
streets in January 1974 when, for 21 days, one third of our population
every single day calling upon the dictator to resign.
Who can forget January 21st,
1974, when our women had
to face the bullets, bullpistles and sticks of the Mongoose Gang and
criminal elements in Gairy’s armed forces and the courage and dignity
which our women stood up and fought back!
Who can forget throughout that period of
1974 and 1975, the daily
acts of heroism that our women performed; hiding and burying gasoline
that the leadership could move around the country during those
months; ensuring that the newspaper of our party always came out
its suppression by the Gairy dictatorship; week after week finding
moving the roneo machine [mimeograph] around from house to house to
detection; writing the articles and typing, producing and distributing
Who can forget all of that heroism?
Who can forget the tremendous acts of
self-sacrifice and courage
played by one of our great national heroes, an elderly sister in her
sister who hid members of the party in the underground days and who
single Saturday morning would leave her house on Lucas Street and go
with bundles of newspapers and pass those papers in a hidden form to
bus drivers going to St. Patrick’s and St. Andrew’s.
And who can forget that fateful Saturday
morning while carrying
out her usual revolutionary task of distributing the paper, how this
unfortunately crushed by a bus after slipping and falling!
Who can ever forget the outstanding,
unparalleled qualities of
Sister Edith McBain, one of the main heroes of the Grenada Revolution!
OUR WOMEN PLAYED THEIR ROLE ON MARCH 13TH
And, as we know, comrades, plus courage
was shown not just before
the Revolution but also after the Revolution.
If the women of our country had not come
out in their tens of
thousands on Revolution morn, if they had not brought water and food to
revolutionary troops, the new troops freshly created from the youth and
unemployed in our country, if they had not come out and cooked the food
joined their men folk in going to the police stations to ensure that
flags of surrender were put up, maybe March 13th
could have had a
And who will ever forget after the
Revolution, the historic rally
on June 19th 1980, when we were commemorating
Heroes Day as we know
the women of our country were in the majority at that historic rally,
the bomb went off and those murderers who had planned to wipe out the
leadership were able to sit back and count the totality of their
what did we find: 97 of our people sent to the hospital, 80 of them
hospitalised, 36 of them women, 3 murdered, all of them women.
Today, once again, we salute the memory
and the sacrifice of
Laurice [Humphrey], Laureen [Phillip or Charles] and Bernadette
Today, comrades, we also think of the
heroic role our women
played in tracking down those vicious counter-revolutionaries who, not
satisfied with their work on June 19th 1980,
proceeded on November
17th of the same year in one single night to
murder five of our
patriots, all young sons of our Revolution.
And when the People’s Militia and the
other sections of our Armed
Forces, under the leadership of General Austin, decided to look for
when revolutionary justice was handed out to them, the women in our
were again in the forefront.
Today’s First Congress [NWO], therefore,
symbolises and reflects
the rewards and achievements for all these sacrifices and struggles.
And the reward is a very rich one,
We have seen it in the regional and
international support for
this First Congress and for the NWO in general, which has come from all
the world from peace-loving, democratic and progressive organisations
the achievements of the NWO and welcoming this historic day.
We have seen it by the presence today of
comrades from the
socialist world, in particular from the Soviet Union and Cuba, by
have come from Europe, and from Asia where the fighting people of one
particular country, in February 1978, buried feudalism in their own
once and for all, and began a process of socialist construction, and
have been harassed night and day – we welcome the delegate from the
people of Afghanistan.
We can see this reward today, comrades, in
the presence of our
sisters from the United States and Canada, from Central America and
So there is no doubt that the NWO and this
First Congress has
been amply rewarded by the presence of so many outstanding fighters,
representative of the women of their own countries.
WIDESPREAD NATIONAL SUPPORT FOR THE NWO
But we must also mention the great local
support that the NWO and
the First Congress have received by our own people of Grenada.
The massive number of solidarity messages
from so many different
organisations of youth, students, workers, farmers, from ministries and
departments, and from state enterprises.
All sections of our people have come out
and demonstrated in a
concrete and practical way their support and love for the women of our
and their leading mass organisation.
They have also demonstrated their support,
in part, through
material offerings they have given to this Congress.
Comrades, we can speak today with the
absolute honesty and the firmest conviction of the rose of patriotism
the women of our country, of the growth in consciousness among the
women of our
country, of their greater commitment and dedication, of their almost
We can also see the greater
internationalism of our women, the
growth in their self-respect and dignity, in their self-confidence, in
ability to express themselves, to give vent to their ideas and views,
give expression to their cultural and political creativity.
Today, we can certainly remark on the
level and quality or
organisation of our women and compliment them for the ever increasing
of people’s power in our new democracy.
And what a fantastic training in democracy
our NWO sisters have
had over these past few months in preparing for this Congress.
The NWO is a fully democratic organisation.
This can be seen by the fact that entry
into its ranks is open to
any woman over the age of 14, as well as by its respect for the right
members to decide its programme and policy.
The NWO also insists that every three 
years, all members have
the right to elect their National Executive, and to ensure that these
are accountable and responsible through their three-year term.
In every sense, we have seen over these
past months a fantastic
exercise in democratic participation by the women of our country.
This has not been a case where the
President of the NWO suddenly
descended on this conference centre one December morning and said that
the programme for the next three years, as is the traditional pattern
so called democratic organisations.
AN ACTIVITY IN DEMOCRACY
Contrary to that approach, the executive
of the NWO over a period
of several months, firstly prepared a draft outline of the programme
next three years, circulated this programme in typed form to every
the NWO, and then, for a period of several months, hundreds of
group, parish and delegate levels analyzing the document, criticizing
evaluating it , searching for new ideas, for clearer formulations and
concrete perspectives were held.
The result of this activity in democracy
has been such that the
original draft programme has undergone tremendous changes, and the
version which was read here this morning by Comrade Phyllis Coard,
in fact, a document that has been put under the microscope, subjected
discussions by all NWO members and undergone a number of concrete
I would like now, comrades, to look at a
few of the changes
because I think it is very important for us to see the practical
value of democracy and democratic participation.
In the first draft, it was stated that the
main problem facing
women was jobs, but after very serious discussion at group, parish and
levels, the women had a closer look at that analysis and decided that
they should speak of two main problems and two main tasks.
The analysis that produced that change was
what the sisters concluded was that it was not enough, in our context
conditions, to simply speak of unemployment as being the main problem.
Rather, it was necessary to examine at the
same time how to go
one step further, and look at how we can solve unemployment in a
that could benefit the country at large.
Coming out of that analysis, the sisters
were able to go back and
do a lot more concrete research, work out figures on the likely
jobs over the next three years, examine what kinds of skills would be
in the workforce over the next three years, analyse whether or not
presently out of jobs were likely to fill the jobs coming on stream,
not, look for the type of training necessary for those tasks; jobs for
women, yes, but because of the increasing complexity of the economy and
skills needed, the second priority linked to the first priority must be
training and education for the women of our country.
That is how it came about that the
programme speaks so concretely
about political education, academic education, social education, skills
and leadership training.
Comrades, our party and government
certainly want to give our
total support to his new formulation and analysis.
It is our confident expectation that over
the next few years, we will
wipe out unemployment in our country, but in order to do that in a
productive way, we must ensure that as the new jobs are created, our
have the necessary skills to take up those new jobs.
The more than 23,000 people before the
Revolution who were out of
work has now become 5,600, 4,000 of them being women, the vast majority
do not have primary school leaving certificates or special skills or
for most jobs.
But while, on the one hand, that is the
reality facing us, on the
other hand, the needs of the economy are very different.
We estimate, for example, that in
agriculture 2,500 jobs are
likely to be created over the next three years – jobs for tractor
scientists, farm managers, agricultural economists, accountants,
farmers, extension officers and so on; jobs that demand skills for the
modernized agriculture that we are in the process of building.
It is the same in construction, comrades.
The 2,000 new jobs we expect to be created
in construction over
the next three years will require plumbers, electricians, masons,
painters, architects, mechanics, surveyors, soil testers, engineers,
and so on.
But the most cursory examination will show
that most of the
unemployed women today do not now have the necessary skills or training
up these jobs.
It is not far different in tourism where
at least another 500
jobs should be created in the next three years, particularly when the
international airport and new hotels and restaurants come on stream.
And again, these new jobs will all require
a certain measure of
With our industrial expansion too, we will
be looking for people
who can not only read and write, but who also have the ability to use
equipment and technology.
In all areas, therefore, it is quite clear
that the answer is no
longer to simply say that if we find jobs for the unemployed then the
is over because the question that will increasingly remain is what kind
and what kind of skills.
Therefore, comrades, if we are to
scientifically prepare for the
future, it must be correct that our main priority must be to provide
appropriate training and education for those still unemployed in order
ensure that they are able to take up the jobs once they come on stream.
And there are other examples of how the
draft programme was affected
by thorough discussion.
Another analysis was made by the sisters
which I think is
They said that even if the training is
provided, we will still
have the problem that many of those unemployed sisters have children,
of them do not have the means to hire help to look after the children,
cannot get voluntary help, and therefore the question of the day care
and pre=primary and nursery facilities also became major issues.
When they analysed the question in detail,
they discovered that it
was not just about the number of jobs and the type of training required
those jobs, but also about where the children would be put when those
take up jobs for the first time in their lives.
And the answer to that question is not
The sisters, therefore, concluded
correctly that because day care
centres are very expensive, they would have to better maintain those
They would have to put more voluntary
labour into maintaining the
They are pointing out, secondly, that one
way in which we can
ensure that we build more day care centres is if the furniture and toys
required for the existing ones are built by the women of our country on
They are pointing out, thirdly, that in
order for those we have
to continue operating and for more to come on stream, the women must
their time voluntarily in order to look after the children in the day
Furthermore, they are pointing out that it
important to expand and deepen their international work and through
week ways of receiving internationalist assistance in the form of
materials for the construction and equipping of these centres.
COLLECTIVE INPUT AND WISDOM
The point is, comrades, that out of the
discussions a very
concrete analysis resulted and its concreteness shows that a realistic
is being taken to this question of day care facilities.
The democratic discussions have led to a
more elaborate and concrete
document and one that is much more valuable because it reflects the
input and wisdom of all NWO members.
Also, as a result of the discussions, more
concrete ideas have
come up with regards to legal reform, the solution of social problems,
control, culture and sports, all areas where women face problems.
In fact, as the result of a national
survey among 700 NWO
members, a debate that was going on for some time within the
This survey established that the women of
the NWO also wanted to
be involved in sporting activities.
And this in turn led to a decision that
from next year and over
the next three years, NWO will give high priority to organising
activities for the women of our country.
And I feel that too is very important for
The discussions also revealed that a
number of the problems faced
by the organisation are problems which can be solved by the women
They identified, for example, a shortage
of quality full-time workers
for NWO organising work.
And one of their creative solutions to
this problem is the
proposal to develop new committee structures at the national parish and
At the national level, the approach will
be not just to rely, as
they had done in the past, on the members of the national executive who
greatly overworked, but to develop instead a number of national
a national executive member leading each committee.
At the parish level, the idea is not just
to rely on the parish executive
members of the NWO, but also to have those members develop and lead a
parish committees that would share the work.
And at the group level to develop group
Committees, also aimed at
diversifying and sharing the work, among more sisters.
As to the problem of inactive members, a
problem faced by all
organisation that have grown large, where you discover that very often
it is a
minority of women who are every day engaged in concrete work, he way in
our NWO sisters have handled this problem is to recognise that
often relates to a lack of interesting activities and a sufficiently
programme, and therefore, ultimately, it relates to a lack of effective
leadership at the group level.
PROPOSED TRAINING COURSES
Their proposed solution to this problem is
to develop three new
types of training in order to train the new political leadership at the
and base level, the cadres required to get the groups going with
active participation of all members.
One of these training courses will
concentrate on political
education talks where every month, 12 members of each group will be
and a political education talk will be given along with a written
after which it will be the responsibility of these 12 sisters to take
knowledge back to their groups.
A second method of training will be a
training programme every fortnight, over a three-month period.
And, finally, a third method will be a
education and leadership training course over six months, utilising one
in every month.
I have absolutely no doubt, comrades, that
if this programme is
maintained with its correct emphasis on political education and
training then by June of next year already we would have seen a
impact on the quality of work, and on the level of organisation within
EXPANSION OF OUR WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS
Comrades, we see all this activity over
the last few months, all
this discussion as being genuine democracy, as being the way in which
democratic participation should take place.
We see this as being a real expansion of
the human rights of our
In many other ways, the NWO and the
Revolution have expanded the
human rights of the women of our country.
The equal pay for equal work decree was an
expansion of human
The prohibition of sexual exploitation by
men in return for jobs
was also a new human right.
The Maternity Leave Law [No. 53 of October
1980] [see People’s
Laws 1980] which stipulates that for three months during and just after
pregnancy that women are entitled to such leave, and are entitled to
jobs back at the end of such pregnancy, that too was another real
the human rights of our women.
The Community Health Brigades that the
women have been developing
in order to improve the health conditions of their families and
too, an expansion of the human rights of our sisters.
The benefits received together with other
workers, through the
National Transport Service, the Rent Law, the increased workmen’s
the Third Party Insurance law which ensures that buses must now be
at least $100,000 so that in the event of an accident there will be
compensation for the family, he free milk programme, the housing repair
programme – all of these programmes which the women, together with the
our country, have benefitted from are, in our view, real expansions of
human rights that the women of our country have been able to enjoy for
NEW CLASS FORMATIONS
I want to focus for a while on the
question of jobs, looking at
this question in the context of the growth, the role and the importance
working class women of our country.
Obviously, the more workers that come into
the workforce, the
greater should be our production.
The speed at which we can bring more
workers into production will
help to determine the pace at which we can make the transition from the
socialist orientation to that of socialist construction in our country.
As more and more women come in from the
working class and assume
positions of leadership in the National Women’s Organisation, and
scientific training as leaders, then more and more the new working
develops will be a more mature, more class-conscious and more organised
So this question of the expansion of the
women workers in our
country is really a very, very important question for us here in
We have done an analysis of 275 of the 300
plus delegates who are
attending this Congress.
A poll was done of these sisters and they
were asked to answer a
questionnaire with various options like where they are working, how
have been working here, their social class background and that of their
families and so on.
And from this analysis, we have been able
to discover that of the
275 delegates who were polled, 180 of them were employed in one way or
other, and of this 180, 67% of them were members of the working class,
rural working class or they are NWO part-time and full-time workers.
From the urban and rural working class,
there are 91 delegates in
that figure of 180 who are employed.
That is 50.5% of all of the employed
delegates are from the urban
and rural working class.
Add to this 30 more delegates who are NWO
part-time and full-time
workers (16.5% of the total) and we have a grand total of 121 of these
coming directly from the working class or 67% of all of the delegates
Now that is a highly significant
These figures are extremely revealing
because they confirm a
number of things which we have been thinking more and more about.
They confirm first of all that the economy
has, in fact, been
growing, something that has been independently established by the World
They confirm, too, that many more jobs
have been created for our
unemployed people, particularly our women, and most of all they confirm
development of new class formations in our country.
If we compare the social class background
of the mothers of these
delegates with their own, you begin to see how important these figures
Because what these figures also show is
that over one quarter of
all the mothers of these delegates are housewives as opposed to only
the delegates themselves being housewives; that only 29.8% of their
were working class as compared to 67% of the delegates being working
that only 2.2% of the mothers were intellectual workers as compared to
25% of the delegates being intellectual workers.
In one short generation, we are able
already to see a very
fundamental change and development taking place in the overall class
in our country and in particular, the working class.
The development of the working class
carries the tremendous
implications for increasing production and for building the new society.
Comrades, I want to end on a point that
was raised by your
comrade President – the question of the internationalist work that our
have to do and the critical question of peace.
Women, just as men, and perhaps women even
more than men, because
women are the child bearers, have a great responsibility to ensure
We believe the NWO has, in fact, begun to
assume more of its internationalist
More and more solidarity days are being
held with different struggling
More and more political education talks
are being given.
More and more members of the NWO are
members of the Grenada Peace
For example, Comrade Claudette Pitt,
Secretary of the NWO is an executive member of the Grenada Peace
The NWO is a member of the Women’s
Federation [WIDF], the largest and most progressive international
The President of the NWO, Comrade Phyllis
Coard, is a member of
the Continental Women’s Front Against Aggression, and earlier this year
National Solidarity Campaign with the peoples of El Salvador, Namibia
Angola organised by the NWO, commanded a lot of enthusiasm and received
of support from our people.
In fact, $8,000 were raised for the
struggling freedom fighters
in El Salvador and 500 boxes of clothing were sent to the refugees of
It is our view in the party and government
that this work has to
be deepened and strengthened because it is extremely important for the
It is important because the National
Women’s Organisation wants
progress and happiness for all of its members.
It wants security, progressive development
and long life for the
children of our country.
But all of this cannot come about in the
context of an unstable
peace, where threats are being made against our process and other
processes, where tension prevails in the region.
Therefore, peace is the first requirement
to ensure these
objective needs are met.
WHAT DEVELOPMENT REALLY MEANS
If we look at this question in terms of
development, we can say
that development implies a growing economy, more jobs for the people,
benefits in the areas of education, health care, housing, water and
Development means more infrastructure for
the country; physical
infrastructure like the international airport, the main roads, the
roads, the new telephone plant, the new electricity generators and so
Developing also means the social
infrastructure where we can
emphasise health and education; the struggle where we have the
organs that allow our people to participate in running the country; the
economic infrastructure where we have the planning mechanisms, the
infrastructure where we are developing a strong armed forces based, in
particular, on the people through their militia.
But all of these aspects of infrastructure
are really very
important when finally compared to the most important aspect of
– the peace aspect.
Because if we don’t have peace, if world
war descends tomorrow on
mankind, it would not greatly matter what work we’ve done on the
social, the political, the economic or the military infrastructure.
In the final analysis, all of those
infrastructures could get wiped
out in a few seconds.
THE CRITICAL IMPORTANCE OF WORLD PEACE
And that is why it is so important for us
to ensure that the
women of our country concentrate in practice on raising the
all of our people on the critical importance of world peace, on the
need to end
the arms race, on the importance of disarmament and détente, on the
ensure that those people who are manufacturing neutron bombs are
exposed, on the need to support the people of the Soviet Union on their
declaration that they will never be the first to use nuclear arms.
We need to support the Soviet Union and
other socialist world
countries in the tireless efforts which they have been making to
concept of peaceful co-existence, a concept developed by Lenin many
a concept which was continued and developed even further by the late
Ilych Brezhnev, another foremost champion and stalwart for peace.
We need, in practice, to get the women in
our NWO to understand
the importance of having this Caribbean declared a Zone of Peace,
They must understand that such a
declaration means an end to
military basis set up without the consent of the people in a particular
country; an end to aggressive military manoeuvres that threaten the
the region; an end to the use of mercenaries against other people’s
the right of all peoples to build their own process in their own way,
their own image and likeness, free from all forms of outside dictation,
from all threats, free from the big stick.
This must be something that is concrete in
the minds of our
Because, if we are able to get these
aspects of the Zone of Peace
principle accepted in practice, think of what it would mean for Cuba,
Nicaragua, for the revolutionary process in Suriname, and for our own
revolution in Grenada.
REAL NECESSITIES FOR THE PRESENT
We have to begin to see these concepts not
as abstraction, but as
real necessities that the present period demands.
Establishing a Zone of Peace, Independence
and Development means
guaranteeing the right of all colonial peoples to become full
If that was fully accepted think of what
it would mean for the
patriots of Puerto Rico who are today still fighting for their
If the right of a people to shake off
oligarchs and dictators, as
part of their right to self-determination were accepted, think of what
mean for the peoples of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, people
against military and other dictatorships who, although oppressed yet,
tremendous support being given to their oppressors by the United
Think of what it would mean for us if this
Zone of Peace
declaration really became accepted in practice and put an end once and
to all forms of propaganda destabilisation, economic aggression and
destabilisation, political and diplomatic isolation, military threats
use of military force against any other country.
Think of what that would mean for the
prospects and possibilities
of peaceful and progressive development for all of our people in
So, comrades, this question of peace, of
getting to understand
more and more what is meant by the Zone of Peace of getting the women
NWO to really internalize all of its concepts and begin to speak more
to our people about its concepts and begin to speak more and more to
about its importance is something that we can never underestimate.
IMPORTANCE OF IDEOLOGICAL PLURALISM
Linked to the Zone of Peace is the
important question of
What this concept of ideological pluralism
really says is that
everybody has a right to choose their own way of developing their own
that everybody has the right to decide their own social, economic,
political forms, and to develop their countries in their way.
A major struggle is still being waged to
get these concepts accepted.
The recent CARICOM Head of Government
meeting was a classic
example of the difficulties of getting these concepts accepted because
were people at that conference who were opposed to these fundamental
And some of these people having been
exposed before public
opinion in the Caribbean are now pretending that they never had any
disagreement, and that Grenada is making up something on them.
But as all of our people know, comrades,
we in the People’s Revolutionary
Government and the New Jewel Movement never tell lies.
We rely only on the facts and the truth.
Some of these elements today are trying to
get some of their
friends in the so-called free press to pretend that at the conference
question of a Zone of Peace and of ideological pluralism (and I expect
soon they will add the question of the University of the West Indies)
But the fact is that these matters were
discussed, and it is
important for the people of Grenada and the people of the region to
all of their representatives make a public stand on these critical
The people have a right to know where
their leaders stand on this
question of a Zone of Peace and the right of all people to develop
countries in their own way.
This kind of exposure, therefore, must be
We certainly continue to say in Grenada:
yes, to the Zone of
Paces, yes, to the principle of ideological pluralism, yes, to the need
the University of the West Indies as a regional institution, and we
doubt that all of our people, all of our workers, farmers, youth and
fight for these principles.
We know that our people will reject all
attempts at ducking and covering
We know that our people are going to
insist that our party and government
continue to demand that the Caribbean, in fact, is declared a Zone of
We are confident that our people, and
among them, our women will
continue to support the just struggles of the peoples of El Salvador,
Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti and Chile.
Our people will continue to support the
going forward in Cuba, Nicaragua and Suriname, will continue to give
support to the fighting people of Mozambique and Angola who are today
the threat of direct invasion from South Africa, will continue to
people of Palestine in their just claim for their own territory, will
to support the people of East Timor, the people of the Western Sahara,
people of Namibia, the people of South Africa and all of the national
liberation movements around the world fighting for peace, independence,
and social progress for their people.
We have absolutely no doubt that the free,
fighting women of
revolutionary Grenada with pens in their hands when necessary, with
tractors when necessary, with cutlasses and forks when necessary, with
organs of people’s power then necessary, and with their guns when
will fight to safeguard our revolution, to build it and push it forward.
CONFIDENCE IN OUR HEROIC WOMEN
We know that we can rely with the greatest
of confidence on the
heroic fighting women of Grenada.
We know we can rely on them to safeguard
and defend every nutmeg
pod in our country, every cocoa tree in our country, every single
our country and the grains of hair on the heads of all the elderly and
people in our country.
Today, we salute the National Women’s
Organisation and their
We salute the work of our women over the
years in production –
our women agricultural workers, our women farmers, our women
workers, our women in co-operatives and our women teachers.
We salute the tremendous work the Ministry
of Education and
Women’s Affairs has played over the years, and in particular, the role
has been played by Comrade Jacqueline Creft as Minister of Education.
Today, we salute the creation of the new
Ministry of Women’s
Affairs for the first time in the history of our country and the
history of the
We also salute the outstanding leaders of
the NWO for their
tremendous courage, discipline, dedication and self-sacrifice.
We commend them for their outstanding
for the scientific work which they have done over the months and years
that the NWO is today what it is.
And, in particular, we salute the
tremendous work that has been
done by Comrade Phyllis Coard, the President of the National Women’s
We salute today, comrades, the memory of
Edith McBain, of
Scotilda, of Laurice, Laureen and Bernadette, and so many unknown and
martyrs and heroes who died in the cause of justice and freedom over
Today, we are confident that the National
will go forward with the tasks which you have set, that you will
make progress in production, education and training; that the
you have set in political education, skills training and academic
through the CPE will be followed; that the internationalist work which
outlined for yourselves will strengthen your responsibilities not only
Grenada Revolution, but to the world revolutionary process and to the
for peace and progress and against imperialism.
We are confident that our women in the
fighting NWO, conscious of
their duties, will go forward and will carry out these historic tasks.