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View Speech by Minister Stephenson 2019
Our mission is to facilitate social, cultural and economic development at the community level.
Our mission is to promote sustainable economic development by engineering and regulating a vibrant co-operative sector in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Our mission is to provide persistently, effective programmes and efficient services aimed at advocating equity in family relations, fostering the Rights of the Child, persons with disabilities, the elderly and enhancing the socio-economic development of all family members.
Our mission is to ensure that all citizens of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have equal access to opportunities that will shape their social, cultural, spiritual, educational, economical and political development.
Our mission is to provide a caring environment in which boys 7 – 16 years old having familial, educational, social, emotional, and or behavioural difficulties can develop skills that would allow them to become responsible and productive citizens.


Hon. Orando Brewster

The Gender Affairs Division hosted an orientation session on 19th July, 2019, for thirty (30) teen mothers who are registered under the Re-Entry of Teen Mothers Programme in 2019. This brings the total number of students who were given the opportunity to continue their secondary education for the 2019/2020 academic year to 85.

The back-to- school teenage parent’s programme was introduced in June 2003 to facilitate the re-entry of teen parents into secondary school in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.  The Programme forms part of the inclusive education policy of the government, through the collaboration of the Ministries of Education and National Mobilisation et al; facilitated through the Gender Affairs Division.  The Ministry of Education provides the classroom space and delivery of the prescribed academic programmes for the teen mothers, while the Ministry of National Mobilisation provides the follow-up and support services required.

The main objectives of the session were: (i) to provide relevant information about the programme, and (ii) to table the expectations of the participants.

Remarks were provided by Mrs. Kay Martin-Jack, Senior Education Officer/Secondary Schools; Mrs. La Fleur Quammie-Harry, Co-ordinator (Ag.), in the Gender Affairs Division; and Ms. Colchia Phillips, Facilitator.

On August 28, 2019, all teen mothers on the programme will be involved in an empowerment session that would focus on parenting, sexual health, the use of contraceptives and social skills.


SOURCE: Ministry of National Mobilisation, Social Development, Family, Gender Affairs, Persons with Disability and Youth

Family Services Division

We Facilitate and identify alternative homes for abused children and the elderly.  Liaise with child care agencies, regional and International. Prepare social inquiry report for the Court and relevant international agencies.

Our Division is located in Pauls Avenue in the Co-operative Credit Union League Building. Find out more on what we offer

Contact Information

Permanent Secretaries
Ms. Catherine Defreitas 
PS For Housing and Informal Human Settlement
Location: Granby Street, Kingstown
Tel : (PBX) :(784) 456-1111, Ext : 4681

Mrs. Merissa Finch-Burke 
PS For Social Development, Family, Gender Affairs, and Youth
Tel : (PBX) :(784) 456-1111, Ext : 3863


The Ministry of National Mobilisation, Social Development, Gender Affairs, Family Affairs, Housing and Informal Settlement

Halifax Street Kingstown St. Vincent

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:15 pm
Saturday - Sunday