Monday, March 8, 2021

    Warm greetings to all the women of Maldives on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

    Women in Maldives have historically occupied not only governance positions but have been important contributors and participants in terms of offering constructive criticism that has shaped the development of this country.

    Whether it be in the political or socio-economic domain, Maldivian women have proven themselves time and time again, in terms of exemplary leadership. They are undoubtedly an indispensable part of our society.

    In the Maldives, women hold ministerial portfolios, are Members of Parliament, hold senior positions in both the Government and the Private Sector, and bear the most important role of shaping our young into high achievers all across the world with grace and poise.

    I am proud to note that Maldives is one of the few countries, where the Government has always been actively involved in eliminating discrimination between men and women in terms of equal voting, education, job opportunities and equal pay. However, it has only been possible because of women’s continued advocacy against discrimination and perseverance in promoting equality.

    Over the past year, a significant number of women assumed many important roles and duties that impacted the COVID-19 pandemic response positively. I look forward to their continued involvement in the pandemic response and hope they take on active roles in shaping the political and socio-economic sphere of the Maldives. Like coral reefs are the root of these beautiful islands in this great archipelago, Maldivian women are the foundation and the very essence of this great society.

    Once, again, I convey my best wishes to all women on this important day.