The husband of the late Estella Scott-Roberts has set up a foundation he hopes will carry on her work of creating a country free from violence and the advancement and empowerment of women.
The Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation was set up on 31 October and details of the new entity were revealed this week.
Rayle Roberts is chairman of the foundation, which is a licensed non-profit company, and its directors are made up of a cross-section of women who have worked to combat domestic violence and promote equality of women.
Mr. Roberts said: ‘Creating this foundation is but one way that I can ensure that the causes that my wife diligently worked on during her lifetime will continue to be addressed and in the public domain.
‘Estella was known for being a voice for some of the most disadvantaged groups in our community, abused women and children. The vision of the foundation is to continue to let her voice be heard and to promote peace and positive social changes in the Cayman Islands.’
According to a press release from the foundation, its objectives are to: advocate for a life free of violence; carry out activities to facilitate the empowerment of women and girls; advocate for and support equity and equality for women and girls in all areas of life; to support policies and research projects that further the aim of gender equality; do all other acts or things necessary, advisable or desirable for the advancement of women’s issues.
Mrs. Scott-Roberts was killed on 10 October this year. Two men have been charged with her murder.
Envisioning that the foundation would serve as an empowering medium for its directors, Mr. Roberts was adamant that only women would comprise the key decision-making roles as guardians of the foundation.
Andrea Bryan, Sara Collins,; Marilyn Conolly, Novelette Ebanks, Tammy Ebanks Bishop and Melanie McLaughlin have been appointed as directors of the foundation.
Mr. Roberts said: ‘I am confident that the women that I have selected as guardians of the foundation will work with me to achieve its objectives and to ensure that Estella’s voice and memory will never grow faint in our country.’
He said that as the foundation evolves, there will be future opportunities for other individuals and organisations to partner with the foundation on various projects and programmes.
Mr. Roberts has requested that any initiatives being formulated by individuals or groups that are considering using Mrs. Scott-Roberts name or image in relation to their project to contact the foundation prior to finalising any plans.
Any people or organisations wishing to assist the Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation with its objectives can make monetary donations to Cayman National Bank Account Number 012-32856 (CI chequing).
For more information on the foundation, call 938-6300, email: [email protected] or mail correspondence to P.O. Box 84 Grand Cayman KY1-1501, Cayman Islands.