As the royal tour of the Pacific draws to a close, it is evident that women’s’ empowerment and education was a hot topic during speeches made by the Duchess of Sussex.
On Tuesday 18th September 2018, Jenny Ives and her alumnae association team coordinated another well attended Alice Hemming Lunch. The annual event, held at the The National Liberal Club in London, is an opportunity for the CGEF to raise funds for its alumnae association.
The inhabitants of Dominica are no strangers to natural disasters, and the island has always been especially vulnerable to hurricanes and tropical storms. But Hurricane Maria, in September last year, eclipsed all other natural disasters in the country’s history.
Ayesha also comes from Uttar Pradesh. She arrived in Delhi five years ago with her mother and three younger siblings. Ayesha’s father was an abusive alcoholic. When her mother tried to stand up to him, she was threatened by her in-laws. Eventually she was forced to leave her husband, taking her children with her, to begin a new life for them in Delhi. She found work as a cleaner in a local school and remains the sole breadwinner for her family.
Nelly dreams of becoming an electrical engineer, just like her father. He used to work as an electrician for the Uganda railways before the government closed the corporation down. He now earns what income he can from electrical odd jobs, but it is not enough to support the education of his four children. The family frequently default on their school fees, forcing Nelly’s father to borrow money or plead with the headteacher to allow his children to continue in school.