YCLA to honour activist

| 17/02/2009

(CNS): Estella Scott-Roberts, who was murdered in October 2008, will be honoured at the Young Caymanian Leadership Awards (YCLA) 2009. A special tribute and an Honorary Award will be presented to highlight the leadership of ayoung Caymanian, who was a nominee in 2004. The YCLA said it has been working closely with the Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation, under the direction of Rayle Roberts, Estella’s husband and Chair of the Foundation. Roberts is also a YCLA alumni finalist from 2006.

“The Young Caymanian Leaders Foundation will be bestowing the honorary YCLA to Mr Roberts in recognition of the overall solid leadership values of his wife, Estella,” said Melissa Wolfe from YCLA.  “Her focus, dedication and determination inspired a nation.  Her sincerity, trust and genuine concern for people inspired those closest to her.”

The YCLA said both organizations want to recognize and pay tribute to a young leader who is deeply respected and missed by an entire community.  In addition, the vision of the Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation will be promoted to let Estella’s voice continue to be heard and to encourage peace and positive social changes in the Cayman Islands.

"Creating the Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation is but one way that I can ensure that the causes that my wife diligently worked on during her lifetime will continue to be addressed and in the public domain,” said Roberts “Estella was known for being a voice for some of the most disadvantaged groups in our community, abused women and children.”

The objectives of the Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation are to advocate for a life free of violence; to carry out activities to facilitate the empowerment of women and girls; to advocate for and support equity and equality for women and girls in all areas of life; to support policies and research projects that further the aim of gender equality; to do all other acts or things necessary, advisable or desirable for the advancement of women’s issues.

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