Peridot Foundation founder Arrindell: Affordable housing for women is still a serious issue”POSTED: 03/12/15 12:39 PM
St. Maarten – “First I take this opportunity to extend heartfelt congratulations to all the female participants, winners and organizers of the 35th Heineken Regatta on Sint Maarten. Happy International Women’s Day. Greetings go out as well to all female Members of Parliament, Minister and support staff of parliament and government, Gracita R. Arrindell, founder of the Peridot Foundation stated in a press release.
The celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8th is commemorated each year by millions of people around the world. Sint Maarten is no exception.
Peridot Foundation joins this commemoration including this year’s theme chosen by the United Nations: “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity, Picture It.”
“Envision a world where each women and girl can exercise her choices such as participating in politics, getting an education having an income and living in societies free from violence and discrimination,” UN Secretary-General Ban-ki Moon said.
“As we reflect on the objective of this message, it is clear that in this 21st century, women of all walks of life in all parts of the world have yet to experience and enjoy a minimum level of humanity: Arrindell stated. “Violence and discrimination against women and children are still rampant in our societies – brazenly and covertly. How can we move faster from the stage of ‘imagination to improve and empower, (Picture it!) to the stage of actually empowering hundreds of millions of women and girls. Or empower starting with one?”
This challenge is not an easy task to achieve, Arrindell said. “In spite of the introduction and digital revolution of social media through the internet, connecting even the most remote areas of the world, steps and programs aimed at empowering women and girls must increase. These efforts must remain on the front burner of our social agenda’s.
Today, there are more NGO’s international and local, celebrities or even a single individual since 1908 that have fought for equal rights for women, or embraced the fight to eradicate violence against women and children. Yet, empowering women, by extension empowering humanity, remains a painfully slow progress. Not in the least due to lack of funds, or still believe it or not, lack of empathy.”
“Recently we were once more made aware of the need to find temporary living accommodation (not to be confused with a shelter) to assist women, many with children, who had the courage to leave an abusive relationship,” Arrindell said. “Finding affordable housing has been and still is a serious issue on Sint Maarten. Finding or building a suitable location, thereby empowering humanity right here, we can do it.”