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President of Counterpart International, Lelei LeLaulu, has hailed the elevation of Portia Simpson Miller to the post of Prime Minister as a Caribbean victory, which would be heard around the world. According to the President, Mrs. Simpson Miller has followed in the footsteps of icons, such as the late Dame Eugenia Charles, former Prime Minister of Dominica and the late Dame Nita Barrow, Governor-General of Barbados, as eminent Caribbean leaders, who made a difference in the lives of the marginalized and downtrodden, not just in the region, but across the world. “It is also an example of how the Caribbean is making the maximum use of all its people, male and female alike. Just take a look at how well the region is currently being managed by today’s women of esteem,” said the President.
She also cited the contribution being made by other leading Caribbean women, including St. Lucia’s Berthia Parle, President of the Caribbean Hotel Association; Jamaica’s Dr. Carol Jacobs, Chairman of The Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Pamela Richards of the US Virgin Islands, Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization; and Jamaica’s Patricia Francis, the newly appointed Executive Director of the Geneva-based International Trade Centre. “We should all celebrate Mrs. Simpson Miller’s accomplishments and give her our full support in governing the island nation of Jamaica,” the President said.
Mrs. LeLaulu is also a Board member of InterAction, an alliance of America’s largest development and humanitarian agencies which, between its 160-plus members, dispenses some US$7 billion worth of assistance every year. Founded in 1965, Counterpart International is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a just world through service and partnership. Counterpart has forged partnerships in the public and private sectors to help people improve the quality of their lives and revitalize communities in more than 60 nations.
Counterpart International is active in marine restoration, sustainable tourism, and HIV/AIDS education in Jamaica.