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‘Gender balanced VIP team will translate to better representation’ – ‘Roxie’ Romney

- said women must be recognised on their merit & not because of their gender
Virgin Islands Party (VIP) candidate for the Fourth District JoAnn ‘Roxie’ Romney said that she knows what it is like to face challenges as a woman in business and having to face the glass ceiling and unequal rewards for her efforts. Photo: VINO
She was speaking as part of the women’s rally held at the Sir Olva Georges Plaza in Road Town on Sunday May 31, 2015 which coincided with the launch of the party’s manifesto. Photo: VINO
She was speaking as part of the women’s rally held at the Sir Olva Georges Plaza in Road Town on Sunday May 31, 2015 which coincided with the launch of the party’s manifesto. Photo: VINO
A section of the audience on Sunday night. Photo: VINO
A section of the audience on Sunday night. Photo: VINO
Another section of the audience at the VIP Women's Rally. Photo: VINO
Another section of the audience at the VIP Women's Rally. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islands Party (VIP) candidate for the Fourth District JoAnn ‘Roxie’ Romney said she knows what it is like to face challenges as a woman in business and having to face the glass ceiling and unequal rewards for her efforts.

The prominent businesswoman and daughter of the late Chief Minister Mr Cyril B. Romney was speaking as part of the women’s rally held at the Sir Olva Georges Plaza in Road Town on Sunday May 31, 2015 which coincided with the launch of the party’s manifesto.

Romney said the people have made it clear that they welcome the increase of women on the VIP ticket, which boasts some six women in the Districts and At Large candidacy. In addition to Romney in the Fourth District, there are Zoe J. Walcott-McMillan in the Fifth District, Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard in the Seventh District and three At Large candidates in Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury, Sharie B. de Castro and Irene F. Penn O’Neal.

“As a female entrepreneur I have personally experienced challenges women have to overcome…from the glass ceiling in the corporate arena to the unequal rewards for our skills and talent.”

She noted that, historically, Virgin Islands women have been known to be high achievers in public service, sports and education.

The VIP, she added, continues to foster this legacy by including the number of women on its team. Noting that it was not just symbolic, she said the inclusion highlights the fact that gender balance can and will translate into better representation for all.

A matter of necessity

Romney highlighted that most single parent households are headed by women who make economic decisions every day.

“The VIP and I are convinced that gender equality is a matter of necessity if we are to harness the brightest minds from a cross section of this community, as women are powerful drivers of the economy,” she said.

“Better days are coming where women will be recognised not based on their gender but on their merit.”

She called the women juggling family life and business the true role models for women in the society and added that there is nothing more rewarding than achieving success and sharing the path to that success with others who aspire to follow the example of hard work and commitment.

“My pledge to you tonight and that of the Virgin Islands Party is that we will be relentless and we will be committed to working with you to drive our economy in one direction – Forward!” Romney said.

31 Responses to “‘Gender balanced VIP team will translate to better representation’ – ‘Roxie’ Romney”

  • .......... (02/06/2015, 08:29) Like (61) Dislike (39) Reply
    I hope she beat the angulla man
    • She (02/06/2015, 09:17) Like (54) Dislike (46) Reply
      need to stop while she at it!!! not a people person and she know it!!!
      • @She (02/06/2015, 11:43) Like (43) Dislike (28) Reply
        She does not have to be skinning and grinning in everybody's face. Can she get the job done? YES! Will she get the job done? YES!
  • My God (02/06/2015, 09:03) Like (21) Dislike (36) Reply
    Look at the audience. They seem like they were forced out! This is crazy.
    • Women (02/06/2015, 10:17) Like (35) Dislike (21) Reply
      I love the vip they are the party for all the people not just the 1%
    • Local Gal (03/06/2015, 02:26) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      You ever heard the old time saying which goes: Looks are deceiving? so don't look at the number of persons that turned out or how they are looking. on 8th June, 2015 the People of the British Virgin Islands will decide when they go to the Poles.
  • Voter Too (02/06/2015, 09:10) Like (42) Dislike (28) Reply
    Magnificent Manifesto VIP and I do hope you all will carry out the mandate as stipulated in your manifesto because words, pictures and talk(Blah, Blah, Blah) alone cant work, you have to walk the talk. So your actions should speak louder than your words. Anyway VIP all the way
  • Snap (02/06/2015, 09:35) Like (19) Dislike (33) Reply
    Sad to see what VIP has become.
  • The Converted (02/06/2015, 09:49) Like (84) Dislike (17) Reply
    I saw Roxie's walk-through video of D-4 for the first time yesterday. There were a number of things that struck me when I watched her spot on Channel 51.

    (1) She has a solid and impressive vision for bringing commercial traffic to Crafts Alive and the Main Street shopping area. A high-quality and successful tourism product is in her DNA. This is very important to the vendors in these areas, who will have to market themselves super hard when the landside cruise pier development comes on stream.

    (2) Her plans for the softball field are encouraging. Roxie sounds committed in improving the condition of the field and promoting the sport itself.

    (3) Improving residential neighbourhoods in D-4 is an attractive proposition. I believe Roxie will succeed in uplifting the general appearance of these residential areas and ensure the provision of facilities that will foster pride and a raised quality of life in these areas, especially for the young people.

    (4) The persistent litter problem and sludge, particularly in the main ghut close to the Fire Station, is unforgivable. I should hope that under Roxie's watch, this would be a thing of the past. Roxie, with her hospitality industry background, is keenly aware of the value of aesthetics and a good sanitation system for residents and visitors alike.

    Roxie should be given a chance. I know that she may be regarded by some people as being stuck up, though I feel she will try to get to know her constituents well. She did in fact make that commitment. Sometimes it is those whom we least expect who will turn out to be the real champion fighter. Roxie has an A-game when it comes to her business dealings, and I believe she will bring her A-game in representing D-4. I believe the 4th District is ready for a change.


    • voter (02/06/2015, 14:00) Like (8) Dislike (29) Reply
      Streups, no vote for a Romney from my household. None of those thing impress. How are those cosmetic points going to move the territory forward.
      • @voter (03/06/2015, 02:56) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        Have you ever heard of the concepts of revenue generation and improvement of one's quality of life? I guess not!
  • It's about time (02/06/2015, 10:15) Like (119) Dislike (24) Reply
    At-last we have a woman to lead us and not a womanizer.
  • .......... (02/06/2015, 10:18) Like (56) Dislike (17) Reply
    Roxie is good people..she helps a lot
  • pat (02/06/2015, 10:22) Like (46) Dislike (9) Reply
    we may have more creative and empathetic solutions. Women listen better and don't have to have pissing contests.
  • voter (02/06/2015, 10:25) Like (14) Dislike (27) Reply
    Is that a rally or a wake?
  • sad (02/06/2015, 11:06) Like (11) Dislike (51) Reply
    VIP has no ideas so now they are seeking votes based on having 6 women on their ticket. What utter disrespect!
    • No (02/06/2015, 14:34) Like (33) Dislike (1) Reply
      Isn't it time that women play an active role in the decision making of our country. YES. This change is needed. As a woman I endorse this effort and support them 100%.
    • @sad (02/06/2015, 15:13) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
      What is utterly disrespectful is that matters involving alleged violations of female employees and government workers are swept under the rug. This is precisely why gender issues must be shouted from the mountain tops. Women must not be made to feel that they are mere things of pleasure. We need to send this message loud and clear!
    • Yelr@ (02/06/2015, 20:02) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
      It is indeed sad that that is all you can come up with. No substance but enough stupidity to be answered. What is disrespectful is the fact that the NDP has two women and none fit enough to hold a ministry not of lil Agriculture or fisheries. What true substance these two in the house adds to the debate on real issues? Who wrote their speeches is it Myron or Archie. As I look across the board and compare VIP and NDP I see a group more than capable to handle a ministry on day one. That crew is the VIP. If you compare them honestly I am sure you will say the same thing. Sad to sad oh saddynboy or girl you have no compunction to go so deep. The 000000000 are plenty and that is all that counts. Sad.
  • WHY? (02/06/2015, 14:18) Like (2) Dislike (22) Reply
    Why is her business boat on the cover? hmmmmm
  • 123 (02/06/2015, 15:34) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    she is a good lady i voting for roxie
  • onlooker (02/06/2015, 17:16) Like (0) Dislike (17) Reply
    sad for her.only now they want to run for this .only now!
  • kids (02/06/2015, 18:06) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yea roxie vip all the way
  • Stetson (02/06/2015, 18:26) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Converted, I think you hit the points on Roxie extremely well. Indeed, Roxie is all business when it comes to the people in the 4th district. The 4th district has had too many niceties and promises. In fact, one could surmise that the people have been given the "business." It's time for a female politician who won't succumb to the cronyism courtesy of the "Old Boys Club" which has been evident with NDP. Give me a politician who will give them the "business." Give me Roxie!!!
  • Yelr@ (02/06/2015, 19:54) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
    I must saybthat I am a bit peeved at the manner of which this have been done. I am yet to get a PEP manefesto or a UP . I am hearing a lot of talks with the airwaves saturated by a certain party and I still do not know much about the representatives. No not their names, faces but more details. Something like their roots, religion or not religious, their experience, their education and such. What I want to see is a comparison of the parties from captain to crew and see where each stack against the other in districts and at large. With this a clearer picture should emerge of who we've chosen to lead us. Where are the dossiers on every candidate. I was peeved at the VIP Manefesto that I happen to pick up. It was quite brief. Even Ms. penn-Sallah's Manefesto has more pages. While I understand people has FB, Twitter and other social media the manefestos are a thing that is sacred and to be so sparing in that document leaves one wondering; what? Where can I find the rest? Is this it? I know it is a snap election but if one was preparing for the past three plus years this should not be the outcome. Come on!
  • Joker (02/06/2015, 20:27) Like (4) Dislike (11) Reply
    Is this a joke. What glass ceiling. Don't she always work in the family business?
    I hope I am wrong. Politicians always say whatever they think you want to hear,
    Instead of talking the truth.
    • @joker (03/06/2015, 20:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Even if she is working in the family business, it is still a male-dominated world. Ask Hillary Clinton, the glass ceiling is always there.
  • smt (02/06/2015, 20:55) Like (4) Dislike (15) Reply
    With all the money she have, if she lose, that she will, she should still used some of her money and upgrade the soft ball park. 4 years later i'll vote for her.
  • ABC (03/06/2015, 11:16) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    What I am observing in the 4th District is the TT man is rushing to address those issues which his opponent has identified; eg. painting of curb walls, guard rails, cleaning of gut. He can't finish the paving of the dual high way because the Chinese asphalt machine which was supplied by the Chinese Minister no longer has its teeth.


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