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In commemoration of International Women’s Day |12 March 2020

In commemoration of International Women’s Day

Lieutenant Anthony addressing the group of students from English River secondary

SNYC hosts motivational talk about Seychellois women for English River secondary students


To commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day, the Seychelles National Youth Council (SNYC) organised a motivational talk with the students of English River secondary school.

Beryl Dodin welcomed the students with some valuable talks and reminded them about their duty to study and be disciplined.

She also explained about the three stages of teenagers which are the early, mid and late teenage years.

“This week we are going in schools and post-secondary schools to talk about the role of women. We also visited some women who contributed immensely in the society. Today we want you to hear and learn about one of the young Seychellois women who chose her career path wisely and stands in front of you as a Lieutenant. This is the time in your life that you have to focus on your career path as other things can wait,” she said.

Lieutenant Connie Anthony related her life story to the youth and said that she was a student of Mont Fleuri school and then joined the Seychelles Maritime Academy.

“But I always wanted to join the military and as soon as the opportunity arose, I joined the Coast Guard. I started as a cadet and today I am a Lieutenant. During all these years I was able to go on training in the US, France, UK and went on missions in Reunion, Mauritius, Bahrain and Madagascar. This is a career path I have chosen and it requires discipline and vigour, or else you will not succeed,” noted Lieutenant Anthony.

The students had the opportunity to ask her several questions as to why women do not choose this career or does she have issues being far from home. The question that most interested a lot of them was the starting salary of a coast guard personnel.

Lieutenant Anthony noted that in the Coast Guard, there are various jobs and as young people they are most welcome to come and learn more about the various job offers.

She also noted that currently there are 75 women in the Seychelles People’s Defence Forces.

Vidya Gappy

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