Gender equality and a life free of violence for all.
Estella Scott-Roberts, CMH was an outspoken leader in the area of women and children’s issues and rights in the Cayman Islands. Widely known throughout the country through her involvement in the establishment and management of the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre (CICC), Estella served for 5 years as the Executive Director of the first and only 24-hour shelter for abused women and their children.
Tragically, Estella’s greatest impact on the perception of gender-based violence in the Cayman Islands occurred when she became the most well-known victim of this type of crime. On the night of October 10, 2008, after celebrating her 33rd birthday, she was abducted, raped and murdered.
In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, “It is better to light the candle than to curse the darkness.” Estella’s husband, Rayle Roberts, described Estella’s life as a light that shone brilliantly, highlighting the many dark recesses of our society. Hers was a light that expired too quickly, and rather than curse the darkness that was upon him with the tragic death of his wife, he decided to light a candle in her memory.
Mr. Roberts envisioned creating an organisation that would continue to address the social issues that she passionately supported, and on 31st October 2008, the Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation, a licensed non-profit company in the Cayman Islands, became the reality of this vision.
The main function of the ESRF is to provide funds, in the form of grants, to organisations that work towards achieving its vision.
On 28th January 2013, Estella was acknowledged posthumously by the Cayman Islands Government for her eminent service of national importance. During the National Heroes Day Ceremony, she was awarded the Medal of Honour in the Order of the Cayman Islands at the grade of Commander.