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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 Minister, Honourable Dr. Orando Brewster, attended the Ministerial Forum on Gender Equality and Empowerment held in Guyana on November 1–3. He addressed the forum on day two (2) and spoke on the topic “An integrated approach to Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and girls- towards Agenda 2030."

Minister Brewster underscored that the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines realizes a country’s development depends heavily on the involvement and participation of women at every level in closing the gender gap; therefore, the government is working tirelessly to provide equal opportunities for women.

He also highlighted the fallout of men and boys as a result of the years-long focus on women and girls and that the country is implementing initiatives to combat this issue, such as the piloting of gender responsive budgeting, to tailor programs, resources, and opportunities to meet the needs of men across the nation and facilitate their return to the table.

The Minister also noted the rise in female participation at the cabinet level, pointing out that the previous three additions were not just women but young women, demonstrating the progressive path the country is taking to support youthful leadership.

In his remarks, Minister Brewster also discussed the important measures the government is taking to support women's empowerment in the areas of finance, employment, and training, as well as the efforts being made to address gender-based violence, which disproportionately affects women and girls.

SOURCE:Ministry of National Mobilisation, Social Development, Gender Affairs, Family Affairs, Housing and Informal Human Settlement

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