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'I have every confidence, I am fit to lead' - R. Dancia Penn-Sallah

-Says regional women yet to ascend to the highest heights of political leadership
Outspoken former Deputy Premier of the Virgin Islands, R. Dancia Penn-Sallah QC/OBE, now an independent At-Large Candidate contesting the 2019 General Elections in the Virgin Islands (VI), says she welcomes the development that more women are entering politics. Photo: VINO/File
During an episode of “The Raw Truth” on PSI Online Radio, on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, she told host Kenneth G. Gladstone that women are yet to ascend to the highest heights of leadership in the regional political arena and she is confident that as a woman, she is completely fit to lead. Photo: Facebook
During an episode of “The Raw Truth” on PSI Online Radio, on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, she told host Kenneth G. Gladstone that women are yet to ascend to the highest heights of leadership in the regional political arena and she is confident that as a woman, she is completely fit to lead. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Outspoken former Deputy Premier of the Virgin Islands, R. Dancia Penn-Sallah QC/OBE, now an independent At-Large Candidate contesting the 2019 General Elections in the Virgin Islands (VI), says she welcomes the development that more women are entering politics.

During an episode of “The Raw Truth” on PSI Online Radio, on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, she told host Kenneth G. Gladstone that women are yet to ascend to the highest heights of leadership in the regional political arena and she is confident that as a woman, she is completely fit to lead.

Strong Commitment to service

“I am a person who have and has always had a strong commitment to service and of public service, I am a woman, yes, and I am very proud of being a woman, I pride my femininity and I believe that women have very important and special roles to play in society,” Mrs Penn-Sallah told the listening audience.

Further, she says that it is her belief that women are equal to men and are entirely capable of running countries as has been proven by women in history and in the Bible.

 “Women have been very strong and accomplished leaders and I have no doubt at all, that the fact that I am a woman, does not put me at any disadvantage… in being able to lead this country,” she said.

Special Qualities to Leadership

According to Mrs Penn-Sallah, “It is a well-documented fact that women have and can bring special qualities to leadership… including in business and in government.”

However, the former Deputy Premier says the region still has a long way to go, “there has not been such in the Caribbean region and indeed in most places of the world, women have not ascended to the highest heights of leadership in the political arena as one might have expected.

“I am a woman, I believe that I am a very feminine woman and I have every confidence that I am able to and fit to lead,” the Queen’s Council said affirmatively.

Political History

Mrs Penn-Sallah first ran with the VIP in 2007 and won representing the Eighth District before running again in 2011 and was not re-elected, being defeated by now Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8). In her third bid for elective office, she ran as an Independent in 2015 and lost yet again coming in 8th out of 16 candidates with a mere 1,837 votes.

10 Responses to “'I have every confidence, I am fit to lead' - R. Dancia Penn-Sallah”

  • Me Too (14/02/2019, 10:38) Like (22) Dislike (23) Reply
    I believe in you too
  • my 2 cents (14/02/2019, 10:41) Like (55) Dislike (13) Reply
    her political career is dead
    • ACHE (14/02/2019, 12:06) Like (28) Dislike (12) Reply
      YOU ARE NOT GETTING IN AGAIN. TELL THE PUBLIC WHAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR THIS PLACE. YOU HELD HIGH OFFICES AND MORE WOMEN SUFFER WHEN YOU WERE ATTRONEY GENERAL WHAT ABOUT THE LADY WHO CAME TO YOU FOR HELP WITH PROOF AND YOU DID NOTHING. WOMAN GO SIT YOU CAN RULE. THIS PLACE IS OUT OF CONTROL WITH THESE PHONIES WHO WANT TO REPRESENT US.
  • Hmm (14/02/2019, 11:56) Like (23) Dislike (9) Reply
    She showed no leadership as Minister of Health. As Premier you need to do a lot more than go to every event to have your picture taken
    • we (14/02/2019, 15:58) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
      Dancia need to have several seats. What she needs to do is go back to the AG chambers and out things in order there.
  • 2 grand (14/02/2019, 12:36) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    I do believe the learned Lady might have good intentions but I declare her political career has long time faded in the sunset. We now look forward to a new dawning with fresh hope dreams and aspirations. We sincerely and truly thank you for your service in past times and wish you well. Please exit stage one.
  • I agree (14/02/2019, 13:56) Like (4) Dislike (14) Reply
    Ms Penn I agree with you 100% your ability is not in question . Its your courage . Will and the love for all people. Making hard and bold decisions ..
  • l (14/02/2019, 15:14) Like (14) Dislike (4) Reply
    Actually, the prime minister of Barbados is a woman. I'm beginning to get the feeling that Ms P is running just to attain another personal accomplishment.
  • wize up (14/02/2019, 19:10) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am lost...
  • Local (14/02/2019, 21:28) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    You came over the radio saying the queen should take over this territory from the government now you want to be a part of the government, my advice to you is ( GO SIT DOWN)!!!!.


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