On Friday 15th February, 2019, Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes ORTT, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, attended the launch of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Military Women’s Initiative 2019. The theme of the initiative is Gender Equity in a Framework of Operational Readiness. The event, held at the Hilton Trinidad, is part of preparations for the 40th Anniversary of women in the TTDF which will be observed in 2020.

The Military Women’s Initiative 2019 will provide a forum for the TTDF’s “women warriors” to engage in discussions on professional development and gender issues faced within the military. It is the stated aim of the Chief of Defence Staff, Rear Admiral Hayden Pritchard, to use this milestone not only to celebrate the achievements of women in the military but also as a catalyst to promote positive change with regard to women serving in the TTDF.