Closing of one-month observation of International Women’s Day 2023

April 3, 2023 10:02 am

PHILIPSBURG - The Safe Haven Foundation recognizes and commends the various entities that supported and brought about awareness by recognizing women in St. Maarten in the digital and technological field.

On Friday, March 10, 2023, the Safe Haven Foundation in collaboration with CIBC First-Caribbean International Bank, continued with the celebration of International Women’s Month 2023.

The honoring ceremony was in alignment with this year’s theme established by the United Nations: “DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality”.

The ceremony was held at Sheer Restaurant and was in honor of 15 women in the digital/technological field, hailing from 8 different entities in St. Maarten.

Among the invited guests was the Honorable Minister Omar Ottley of Public Health, Social Development & Labour/Women’s Affairs, Mrs. Petra Abdul-Hamid, and Ms. Claudine Williams from CIBC First-Caribbean, Head of Community Development, Family & Humanitarian Affairs/Women’s Desk, Mrs. Chantale George-Groeneveldt, and Managing Director of St. Maarten Development Fund, Ms. Makhicia Brooks.

The honorees were surrounded by family members, friends, and loved ones who shared the auspicious moment with them.

In his address, Minister Ottley congratulated the honorees and encouraged them to continue to persevere in the world of technology, as they have already made great strides in this profession that once was heavily dominated by men.

He reminded them and all present, that women have always been the pillars of society, and played an active role in the community, and are doing so now, as professionals in the digital/technological field.

He applauded the initiative and collaboration between the Safe Haven Foundation and CIBC First-Caribbean, in recognizing the 15 honorees for their accomplishments and contribution in the technological field in St. Maarten.

The Safe Haven Foundation looks forward to a continuous working relationship with the various entities in strengthening the position of women in St. Maarten throughout the year 2023.