The United Democratic Party, National Organization for Women, is a group that engages constituents in the idea of women in politics. Women make up fifty percent of our population base. According to Tracy Taeger- Panton, sixty percent of persons who went to the polls to vote for the last ICJ referendum were women.
Tracey Taegar – Panton, Minister of State: “The United Democratic Party has an organization for women. It’s called the United Democratic National Organization For Women and even before my candidacy was announced I have been very much involved with the women’s organization of the United Democratic Party. As you know there are only two women elected and we feel that we’d like to have that equation shifted and more women to get involved in politics than we see now. And so I’ve always been a very active part of the UDP now and we feel that it’s important as there are five women who are vying for office in the next election that we need to speak to our constituents and get them to continue to support this idea of more women in politics. I feel very strongly about my own candidacy and what I bring to the table and certainly I feel I have national appeal and my work ethic and my work experience and my work in government I believe speaks for itself. I am doing this for all manner of people but I have to admit that I think it’s time for women who represent 50% of our population base to have a seat at the highest decision making table of the party and of government and that is why I feel very strongly about my candidacy. Let’s look at the statistics, in the last referendum 60% of people who went to the poll were women, we need to have a voice and we should not shy away from saying that we need to have a voice and we can only have a voice if we put ourselves up as a candidate in the positions that are made available through our organization.”
Panton is the first woman aspiring for the post of first deputy party leader. Following her candidacy, she would like to be an advocate for women and children.