Dame Jennifer Addresses Bahamian Women

December 5, 2013

jennifer smith 2Former Premier Dame Jennifer Smith has spent time in the Bahamas in order to help celebrate National Women’s Week.

According to a report in The Bahamas Weekly, “Former and current female Parliamentarians from across the political divide met Wednesday [Dec 4] to begin formulating a plan to address the common issues they face for the continued development of Bahamian women – particularly at the political and decision-making levels.

“Hosted by Minister of Social Services and Community Development, Melanie Griffin, the luncheon was held as part of the activities celebrating National Women’s Week in The Bahamas.

“National Women’s Week is celebrated annually in November [November 24-30 this year] to coincide with the anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement, which resulted in women being able to vote [in the Bahamas] for the first time on November 26, 1962. This year marks the 51st observance of this significant and historic event.

“Dame Jennifer paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Perry G. Christie early Wednesday morning before meeting with female students and faculty of the College of The Bahamas at the Harry C. Moore Library, and addressing the current and former parliamentarians at the luncheon held Wednesday afternoon at the British Colonial Hilton.

“Dame Jennifer was also the featured speaker at a Women’s Summit held at the British Colonial Hilton Wednesday evening.”

Notable as the first PLP Premier, first female Senator and the first female Deputy Speaker, Dame Jennifer led the PLP to two general election victories on November 9, 1998 and July 24, 2003.

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  1. Good morning, to you DAME Jennifer Smith congratulation on your speaking engagement in Bahamas. I inform my Adderley Family weeks in advance to attend your meeting. I no your visit to the Premier Perry G Christie was a delight , he is so down to earth. Thanks for blessing the female students. Did you get to see the Adderley School? I hope you took photos & share them with us on Bernews. Bahamas is just like home & they make you feel at home.