A Tribute to Sonia Noel
I can recall in my senior year at high school my Literature teacher called me an “egotistical chauvinistic pig”. This was the new phrase that became synonymous to my name. In every genre of Literature that dealt with the theme of women, I did always find a way of presenting women as inferior to men.
I never believed in the word equality much less the sovereignty of women. Today, all of that has changed. I would like to salute all women in this country, and the world at large, for their unsurpassed contributions to the development of our civilization. For the past couple of weeks, I have been taking a special interest in the works of our own, Sonia Noel. I was moved deep in my spirit having read and listened to many stories from my peers of how much her works have inspired them. Many women and men are today living their dreams because of this great daughter of the soil.
The debate of equality is pertinent to our present-day discourse of the empowerment of women. This subjective truth I infer is indelibly a new indulgence that marks the emancipation of Guyanese women.
Allow me the opportunity to elucidate on my concept of the term “the free woman”. I have seen the unfolding revolutionary consciousness of Sonia’s fast-paced transformation. This cognisance that eventually establishes itself in her work is tantamount to the free woman that aims at transforming not only the fashion industry in Guyana, but also the way in which women are most times perceived by men.
This year’s theme for the Model Search and Designer Portfolio of focusing on Domestic Violence presents the Cultural Revolution that has envisioned her work. A revolution that bears the redemptive potential that can bring about the much needed change that we desperately seek as it relates to curbing the high spate of domestic abuse that plagues our country.
The emancipation of my perception from deeply internalized egotistical and chauvinistic propensities is testimony to the positive work this designer has been doing. Congratulations Miss Sonia Noel for your startling contribution to Guyana. On behalf of all the people in Guyana, I would like to say thank you, for the work you have started, and continue to be the beacon and pioneer of women in our beautiful country. Guyana, I urge you to support all of the social and cultural programs that are positively effecting good changes in the life of our people, especially our youths.