Written by on January 31, 2018

Canada is an incredibly diverse country. It is because of the richness of this diversity that our country is so vibrant culturally, politically, economically and socially.  We have become a model of inclusiveness, of innovation, a defender of human rights in all their forms, and of progressive values.

Canada’s Prime Minister has made gender equality and women’s empowerment to be a key priority. When he took office some two years ago, he created a Cabinet which is 50% women. Recently, in announcing a new Development Policy, the Feminist International Assistance Program, the role of women in poverty eradication dominates. He has made the hiring, promoting and retaining of more women a central tenet of Canada’s leadership.  The High Commission of Canada shares this philosophy around the world.

After winning the 2017 competition hosted by the Canadian High Commission, two young people were given the opportunity to experience a day in the life of the High Commissioner,

Nineteen-year-old Antiguan, Rose-Marie Reynolds, and 16-year-old Christopher Brathwaite from Barbados, placed first and second respectively, which led them to hold the posts of High Commissioner and Deputy High Commissioner. The competition, which was held to raise awareness of women’s issues, was such a success last year; the High Commission of Canada has decided to run it again!

The competition has officially been launched this week and young persons between the ages of 16 and 19 from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines are invited to send a 60-90 second video, telling the High Commission of Canada how they can become a champion for women’s rights in the region.

The winners will assume the role of High Commissioner and Deputy High Commissioner of Canada on Thursday, 8 March 2018, which is also International Women’s Day.

Log on to the High Commission of Canada’s Facebook page for more details on the competition and other events @CanadainBarbados or @CanadainOECS. The deadline to apply is midnight on February 26th.

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