Acting governor Arnold I. Palacios declared Thursday the month of March as the CNMI Women’s Month, as he signed the CNMI Women’s Month proclamation at the CNMI Governor’s Office conference room.
CNMI Women’s Association chair Rose A. Hocog noted in her opening remark that taking control of life is the theme this year’s celebration.
“Lead-her-ship. What that means as women is that we need to take charge and lead our own ship—we can’t keep depending on others to lead our own ship,” she said. “We must take the lead ourselves.”
The International Women’s Day theme this year is “Balance for better; making a call to action for accelerating gender balance which is essential for economies and communities to thrive.”
Palacios noted in his remarks that he refers to the most important women in his life as heroes.
“I know who my heroes are,” Palacios said. “We were a family of 14 and Mom wakes up 5am in the morning to get our uniforms ready and our lunches,” he recounted.
Palacios noted that his mother used to be his hero up until he got married to Wella Palacios.
According to the proclamation, the Women’s Affairs Office under the Office of the Governor and the CNMI Women’s Association remain as “the beacon to promote the interests of women, assist agencies of government and private organizations to plan and implement programs and services, and further commit to advocate, guide, and light the way for continued progress and prosperity of the CNMI.”