Gov. Eloy S. Inos and Lt. Gov. Jude U. Hofschneider signed a proclamation Friday declaring March 8 CNMI Women's Day and March 2013 CNMI Women's Month, joining many parts of the world in paying tribute to women and reflect on the progress and achievements made to advance women's equality.
Hofschneider signed the proclamation in the presence of members of the CNMI Women's Association chaired by Sen. Jovita Taimanao (Ind-Rota), Sen. Frank Q. Cruz (R-Tinian), and other supporters on Friday afternoon on Capital Hill, while Inos signed the proclamation in advance to attend to another meeting around the same time.
Taimanao, during the ceremony, said the CNMI Women's Association plans to host a women's forum and hold a membership drive this month. As of Friday, they have yet to set a specific date and location.
In their joint proclamation, Inos and Hofschneider said women of the CNMI “have made historic contributions to the growth and strength of the Northern Mariana Islands in countless recorded and unrecorded ways,” and have provided the majority of volunteer labor force on the islands.
They also said that women of the CNMI were particularly important in the establishment of early charitable, philanthropic, and cultural institutions, and continue to serve the nation at the highest level of government and armed forces.
“International Women's Day is a chance to pay tribute to ordinary women throughout the world and reflect on the progress and achievements made to advance women's equality, celebrate the gains made by women in our society and reflect on the challenges and barriers that women continue to face,” they added.