What women’s issue should the CNMI focus on?

Posted on Nov 25 2019


“Employment for women. You never know if you would be by yourself later on. [Women who are employed] can survive without men. If you are employed, no matter what happens, you can go and move on with your own life, and can really support your kids. You don’t feel sorry for yourself. You can stand on your own.”
—AnnaMae Adaza

“The No.1 issue that we don’t often talk about is the state of mind—women’s mental health. Lots of women face the pressure to move up the ladder quickly, a lot of women face the pressure to get married or have children. All these pressures can collectively damage women’s self-identity, their perception of themselves. Are they good enough? Are they worthy? Mental health is very critical and it is something that we don’t talk about often, but we should.
—Jackie Che

“Leadership in women. It is good now that we have Rep. Tina Sablan, [Rep.] Janet Maratita, and also Rep. Sheila Babauta, but I think we need more. We need more women leadership so that younger women can feel welcome enough to become our own leaders instead of just depending on men and just looking up at men.
—Laurina Sebaklim

“We should have more female leaders in power. It has been forever since we have had anyone of important notice, [to be] female, for that matter, on the paper, when it says governor, lieutenant governor, chairperson, all of that. So I really do feel we should be having younger women looking into politics as a profession. We should have more young, feminine representation in the community.
—Victor Cabrera

“Equality in the workplace. Some women try their best, they work their hardest to get to the top, but they are discriminated by their gender, instead of the knowledge that they have. With men, they might have the credentials, but they won’t have what women possess in order to build something. We get paid not by what we know, or the credentials we have, but by the gender we are born with.”
—Julie San Nicolas

“Education and health because, nowadays, it is important to be taking care of ones’ self, especially with so many sick [people] going around. For education, it is important for children to be educated.
—Lyn Reyes

Iva Maurin | Correspondent
Iva Maurin is a communications specialist with environment and community outreach experience in the Philippines and in California. She has a background in graphic arts and is the Saipan Tribune’s community and environment reporter. Contact her at iva_maurin@saipantribune.com

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