The 3rd Women’s Summit hosted by the CNMI Women’s Association concluded on March 31, 2016.
Close to 200 people attended the Summit, including CWA clients, government employees, and retirees from Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.
The Summit, which ran for two days, brought a panel of speakers looking to empower women as leaders in the home, workforce, and community. The participants discussed the status of women and what can be done to ensure “Gender Parity,” as well as opportunities, challenges and actions.
In her welcoming remarks, CWA president and co-founder, Rep. Felicidad Ogumoro (R-Saipan) called on women to continue advocating for their rightful place in the table. She said there needs to be more women in the political arena.
“Women are underrepresented in a lot of different areas, and one of them is in politics. We have achieved so much, but we still have a long way to go in achieving true equality,” she said.
In the course of two days, participants identified issues and concerns important to women ranging from health, the environment, civic engagement, education, and training to contribute to the workforce and economy. The Summit culminated in an action plan to achieve goals by 2017. The 2017 Action Plan will be unveiled and routed to the membership and other key stakeholders.
“We would like to thank the Women’s Month and Summit planning committees and panelists, as well as every volunteer who devoted so much time and energy to the month long events culminating with the Women’s Summit,” said Jacqueline Che, Women’s Summit chairwoman.
“The Summit would not be possible without the help of our generous sponsors who enable the CWA to continue this Summit each year. We appreciate the contributions and support in advancing women through their sponsorship,” Che adds.
Major sponsors of the Summit are Kanoa Resort, Tan Siu Lin Foundation, Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.-Maternal & Child Heslth Bureau, and Best Sunshine International, Ltd.
The CNMI Women’s Association is funded by the Community Services Block Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs-Department of Youth Services.