PRESS RELEASE National Chairperson, National Congress of Women People's National Congress Reform Congress Place, Sophia, Georgetown, Guyana. July 1, 2005

The Honourable Mme Justice Desiree Bernard,
The Caribbean Court of Justice,
5th Floor Unit Trust Building,
Independence Square,
Port of Spain,
Trinidad and Tobago,
West Indies.

Dear Mme Bernard,

I wish to once again extend heartiest congratulations to you, on my own behalf and that of the National Congress of Women (NCW), as you become the third outstanding Guyanese recipient of the Eighth CARICOM Triennial Women’s Award.

We feel proud that you have been singled out for your outstanding contribution to the development of law in Guyana and the Region, and more particularly for your leading role in advocating for women’s development.

Your role in promoting women’s development in Guyana began in 1964 you became a qualified Solicitor, a field in which there were few women. Your contributions to the formation, in some cases, and the leading role you played in the following organisations, among others, will always be remembered:
 The Business and Professional Club of Guyana
 The Georgetown Toastmistress Club
 The Caribbean Women’s Association (CARIWA)
 The Conference on the Affairs and Status in Guyana (CASWIG)
 The Women and Development Unit of the University of the West Indies (WAND)
 The Guyana Association of Women Lawyers
 The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
 The Guyana Girl Guides Association

Your association with other legal luminaries, in the following organisations, has been noticed:
 The Commonwealth Lawyers Association
 The International Association of Women Judges
 The Commonwealth Magistrates & Judges Association

The NCW will always remember how proud we were when you were appointed the first female Judge. We followed you development and your advancement to become the first female Chief Justice and first female Chancellor of the Judiciary in this part of the hemisphere. We were overjoyed when you were appointed the first female Judge on the Caribbean Court of Justice adding to the many ‘firsts’ already achieved in your illustrious career.

The conferring of the award, the Eighth CARICOM Triennial Women’s Award, at the opening of the Twenty Sixth Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is latest recognition of your sterling contribution.

Once again Congratulations and we wish you all the best as you continue to keep Guyana’s flag flying high.

May God continue to bless you.


Cheryl Sampson,
National Chairperson, NCW