St Kitts and Nevis: During the ceremony of International Women’s Day Awards Ceremony hosted by the Ministry of Health and Gender Affairs on March 8, 2022, the department of Gender Affairs on Nevis launched a new initiative called the “Gender Champions Programme”.
Colin Kezron Archibald and Joy Napier, the first male and female champions in the programme, were presented with their instruments of appointment to the ministry by Hazel Brandy-Williams, Junior Minister of Health and Gender Affairs who was assisted by Latoya Jeffers, Assistant Secretary in the ministry.
Mario Phillip, Gender Affairs Officer, explained that one of the major functions of the department is to create awareness in an effort to transform the public’s perspective in relation to key gender issues, including gender-based violence, gender roles, equality and equity.
“It is with this in mind that Department of Gender Affairs launched its Gender Champions Programme which will see two outstanding and influential individuals named each year as the Department of Gender Affairs’ Gender Champions,” he said.
The gender champions are appointed to promote the programmes, initiatives and causes of the department for the benefit of all Nevisians and in pursuance of the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goal no.5, which deals with gender equality, as per the Instruments of Appointment.
Both Archibald and Napier have been selected for their work in gender-related matters in keeping with the department’s agenda. Archibald is an international cricketer, a recording artist and mentor to budding cricketers on Nevis, while Napier served as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Youth Ambassador for St Kitts and Nevis and a national representative to the Commonwealth Council.