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March is CNMI Women’s Month

GOVERNOR Ralph Torres on Wednesday signed a proclamation designating March as CNMI Women’s Month and March 8 as International Women’s Day.

He urged the community to celebrate the month by appreciating all the women and their significant contributions to the society as mothers, sisters, friends and wives.

He also encouraged everyone to spend more time with their mothers, sisters, daughters or wives and to tell them how much they are loved and appreciated.

The governor at the same time thanked his mother-in-law, Annie Tudela, for bringing his wife, Diann, into this world.

In an interview, the governor said his administration has always been a strong believer in the leadership of women and has appointed many of them to key positions.

Gov. Ralph Torres, first lady Diann Torres, Miss Marianas Celine Cabrera, other officials and stakeholders cut the ceremonial ribbon for the newly renovated Women’s Affairs Office on Capital Hill, Wednesday.  Photo by Cherrie Anne E. VillahermosaGov. Ralph Torres, first lady Diann Torres, Miss Marianas Celine Cabrera, other officials and stakeholders cut the ceremonial ribbon for the newly renovated Women’s Affairs Office on Capital Hill, Wednesday. Photo by Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa

Rose Hocog, CNMI Women’s Association president and overall chair of the 2018 Women’s Month celebration, said the commonwealth has come a long way when it comes to acknowledging the rights of women. She said in the past 10 years, more women have become active in public service and have played significant roles in the government and the community.

Doris Drew, CWA vice president and head of the Women’s Affairs Office, said this year’s Women’s Month theme is “Press for Continued Progress.”

2018 Miss Marianas Celine Cabrera, for her part, said: “We came from a very small island where traditions still hold strong, but things are changing and women are starting to change also and are becoming more active in social issues and not just taking care of their homes and families — they are also trying to take care of the entire community.”

Also on Wednesday, the governor led the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated Women’s Affairs Office on Capital Hill.

As part of the observance of Women’s Month, there will be a “March for H.E.R.S. (Health, Economic Security, Representation, and Safety)” on Saturday, March 3, at 2:30 p.m. at American Memorial Park, and a Day of Prayer on March 4, Sunday, at the San Jose Church at 7:30 a.m.