International Women’s Day in Jamaica: March 8, 2014

I do hope all Jamaicans will come out and support this celebration of International Women’s Day. A lot will be happening at the University of the West Indies’ Mona campus in Kingston. Admission is free. For further information, please contact: Ms. Anna-Kaye Rowe Tel: (876) 929-8873 or (876) 487-8268. Email: communications@wrocjamaica.org

The Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre Limited (WROC) in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS), Mona Unit and the Bureau of Women’s Affairs will host a Women’s Expo on International Women’s Day, to be observed on March 8, 2014.

The commemorative event under the theme ‘Celebrating Women and Girls’ will be held at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus with an Opening Ceremony at 10:00 am at The Undercroft. The guest speaker, Mrs. Jacqueline Sharp, the first female President and CEO of the Scotia Group will deliver the main address on the value of women’s leadership in Jamaica.

The Expo will run from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on the lawns adjacent to the Assembly Hall on the Mona campus. The day’s activities will culminate with a fete at the Deck in recognition of WROC’s 31st anniversary.

The Women’s Expo also celebrates the anniversaries of the partnering organizations; WROC (31st), IGDS Mona (20th) and the Bureau of Women’s Affairs (40th). International Women’s Day is observed each year on March 8, as a means of recognizing the contributions of women in society and expressing solidarity for the many issues affecting women across the world.

“This year WROC decided to celebrate its 31st Anniversary and International Women’s Day by collaborating with our partners to highlight the work being done by women’s organizations, entrepreneurs and to provide a day of holistic events,” says Dorothy Whyte, Executive Director of WROC.

Several companies and organizations have come on board, including leading telecommunications provider Digicel. WROC is calling on other private sector entities to catch the vision and support the Expo.

“We are thankful that Digicel is supporting us, and we need other private sector companies to support this venture by purchasing booths, making a donation to WROC and or simply attending the Expo on March 8. When they do this, they are supporting women because WROC uses all these funds to provide training, empowerment, livelihoods development and a host of supportive activities for women in need – so please come on board,” explains Whyte.

At the Expo various companies will exhibit and promote their products and services that cater to women and their families. In addition to what is expected to be an empowering presentation by Scotiabank’s Jacqueline Sharp, the event will feature a range of presentations on pertinent issues related to beauty and image, health and wellness, financial empowerment, hair care, training opportunities, gender based violence among others.

Entertainment will be provided by well-known female entertainers in keeping with the theme.  Health checks and a range of beauty services will also be provided by established service providers in the industry.

WROC is a non-governmental organization, which serves the communities of Lyndhurst/Greenwich in Kingston. Over its 31 year existence, WROC has facilitated a number of empowerment programs while operating a Homework Centre, Medical Clinic and counseling services, which assist women to identify means of livelihood. It has also hosted workshops to prepare women for leadership on boards.

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4 thoughts on “International Women’s Day in Jamaica: March 8, 2014

  1. I had no idea that Jamaica celebrates the 8th of March as Women’s Day! What a wonderful thing! I thought this was a solely Soviet holiday. I come from Ukraine, a former Soviet country, and the International Women’s Day on the 8th March is a HUGE deal until today! It’s the day of flowers and romance, when women get praised and admired in every way. Of course, its the women who have to cook and set up the party table anyway 😉

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    1. Hi Jouena: How lovely to hear from you all the way in Ukraine! Yes, we always celebrate that day in Jamaica, but not at all in the same way that you do! Your celebration sounds more fun… Here we have lots of serious speeches and discussions, mostly. Good to hear from you and I wish you the best.

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