A strong, humble woman serving the people
by Robertson S.Henry
Dr Mineva Glasgow is a proud daughter of the South Leeward constituency, and following the completion of her formal education, became a lifelong servant of St Vincent and the Grenadines.
There is a saying that a strong woman stands up for herself, but a stronger woman stands up for others.
Proverbs tells us that the name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
Glasgow’s academic accomplishments are astounding. From 1967, when she entered the formal educational system through the St Vincent Girls High School, to 2013 when she completed a PhD in business administration, specializing in international business at the North Central University in Arizona, USA; has been a long journey of studies geared towards self-preparation to serve the people of her country.
“I believe these are important times for St Vincent and the Grenadines and the South Leeward constituency,” Glasgow said on accepting the ULP South Leeward candidacy. “The challenges and opportunities that await our constituency and country require serious, consistent and tireless leadership, which has been demonstrated in the leadership of the Honorable Ralph E. Gonsalves.”
Speaking of her life long journey in arming herself with the requisite skill sets, Glasgow who is currently a Senator and also the Deputy Speaker in Parliament, said “Perseverance shows us that every action we take, no matter how small, can make a difference.
“I believe that by offering myself as a candidate that I can make a difference in the lives of the people of South Leeward. Like the prodigal son, South Leeward needs to be welcomed back home into the arms of the Unity Labour Party family.
“It is time for South Leeward to have proper, meaningful representation in Parliament, and I am fully committed to be that representative. I don’t do this seeking power or prestige – I am doing it solely to represent the interests of the people of South Leeward.”
Mineva Glasgow is a faith-driven woman who believes in the wonderous power of prayer. Her family roots are deeply interwoven in the soils which form part of the South Leeward constituency. She is also an emphatic woman who listens to everyone, and has sat around kitchen tables in many a home, trying to assist families with a problem or two.
She believes that the women of St Vincent and the Grenadines, must take their rightful place in the nation’s development. Moreover, she sees the female supporters of the governing Unity Labour Party having an even more crucial role in ensuring that the party wins a fifth unprecedented fifth term, as it continues its programme of development for the multi-island nation.
“As members of the Unity Labour Party we must recognize that we are partners in propelling the party’s agenda, and therefore, we must be willing to collaborate to achieve our aim of winning again for an unprecedented fifth consecutive term,” she said. “Women are at the helm of many organizations globally, and St Vincent and the Grenadines is no exception.”
Senator Glasgow made note of the 60 – 65 percent of women on the voters’ list, whom she said must be allowed to take part at all levels of the political spectrum.
‘Mini’, as she is affectionately called, brings a new style of leadership to the South Leeward constituency, which is “based on compassion and effectiveness; a clear vision and solid plan for the development and upliftment of all the people in South Leeward.”
Mini says her style of leadership also includes thinking outside the box, to further the continued development of St Vincent and the Grenadines, which would realise an increase in employment opportunities, especially within the private sector.
Speaking of South Leeward specifically, Glasgow said she aims to see development in the agricultural and fisheries sectors, by spearheading programmes through which the farmers can own the lands they till.
Sports and culture as part of the initiative to combat social ills will be given greater emphasis, and would seek to address any existing infrastructural problems in the constituency.
“Too long the people of South Leeward have suffered under a representative with no clear development plan, and no real love for the people,” she said, refusing to accept that being in opposition precludes one from giving effective representation to the people of his or her constituency.
“I will be knocking on every door throughout the length and breadth of South Leeward, presenting the details of my plan to the people of my constituency, face-to-face (masks included).
“Red and yellow, men and women, religious and not religious, young and not so young. I will make the welfare of the people of South Leeward a top priority.”