Celebrating Women…At Home, Abroad and in Twitterland


So, Sunday was International Women’s Day 2015. The solar-powered plane took off on its first round-the-world flight, and I followed its adventures via social media. A pedigree dog at Crufts Dog Show in England was allegedly poisoned. Liverpool Football Club struggled to a dull goalless draw in the FA Cup. The FBI is investigating ISIS hacking Western websites.

And how were the world’s women? In Australia, a woman was stabbed to death walking in a Sydney park while talking to her husband in India on her cell phone. In Jamaica, a 71-year-old farmer in deep rural Cornwall Barracks went out to check on her chickens and was also stabbed to death. And so, sadly, the world turns. 

Overseas, too, there were many challenging and extraordinary messages. It was quite a weekend, altogether. I saved some interesting posts on my Tweetdeck and might share some with you in future editions of this blog!

One of the hard-working organizers, Justine Harrison  of WROC (also Coordinator, 51% Coalition) pauses for a quick photo with 'MC" Paula-Anne Porter-Jones. (My photo)
One of the hard-working organizers, Justine Harrison of WROC (also Coordinator, 51% Coalition) pauses for a quick photo with ‘MC” Paula-Anne Porter-Jones. (My photo)

On Saturday, the pioneering non-governmental organization Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC), in collaboration with the Institute of Gender and Development Studies, the Bureau of Women’s Affairs, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Young Women’s Leadership Initiative, put together an International Women’s Day Expo on the 2015: “Women and Girls: Making It Happen.” Below are some photos and key quotes from the opening ceremony, plus a glimpse of some of the vibrant booths on display. Enjoy!

Nicole at the B.A.S.E. Foundation booth. Did you know March is Endometriosis Awareness Month? There will be an Open Forum on the topic at UWI Medical Sciences Building on March 19 at 5:30 pm. AND join the Endo March, March 28 in Kingston! www.endomarchjamaica.com
Nicole at the B.A.S.E. Foundation booth. Did you know March is Endometriosis Awareness Month? There will be an Open Forum on the topic at UWI Medical Sciences Building on March 19 at 5:30 pm. AND join the Endo March, March 28 in Kingston! http://www.endomarchjamaica.com  (My photo)
The beautiful WMW Jamaica booth had a range of interesting publications. I picked up a copy of "Gender Matters: A Guide to Understanding Gender." (My photo)
The beautiful WMW Jamaica booth had a range of interesting publications. I picked up a copy of “Gender Matters: A Guide to Understanding Gender.” (My photo)
The UNFPA booth was gathering thoughts and information on violence against women. (My photo)
The United Nations booth was gathering thoughts and information on violence against women in this UN Women box. Smiling Advocacy & Communications Advisor at UNFPA Althea Buchanan is in the background. (My photo)
Senator Imani Duncan made a passionate speech (also without referring to any notes) on progress made in legislative efforts for women. She concluded however that "The power structures remain the same…We must set our sights on economic empowerment and rights."
Senator Imani Duncan made a passionate speech (also without referring to any notes) on progress made in legislative efforts for women. She concluded however: “The power structures remain the same…We must set our sights on economic empowerment and rights.” (My photo)

 

 

South African High Commissioner Joyu Mathini was guest speaker on the topic: "Women and Girls: The Power Within." She observed, "You know…The patriarchy is still alive and kicking." (My photo)
South African High Commissioner Joyu Mathini was guest speaker on the topic: “Women and Girls: The Power Within.” She observed, “You know…The patriarchy is still alive and kicking.” (My photo)
Professor Verene Shepherd, Director, Institute for Gender & Development Studies (IGDS), UWI Mona asked the audience to observe a moment's silence in memory of the women and girls recently murdered. She said the IGDS is "at the forefront of the fight to tackle violence against women." (My photo)
Professor Verene Shepherd, Director, Institute for Gender & Development Studies (IGDS), UWI Mona asked the audience to observe a moment’s silence in memory of the women and girls recently murdered. She said the IGDS is “at the forefront of the fight to tackle violence against women.” (My photo)
Sheila Roseu, Deputy Director of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)  Caribbean office in Jamaica: "We will not stop until we reach the finish line." (My photo)
Sheila Roseau, Deputy Director of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Caribbean office in Jamaica: “We will not stop until we reach the finish line.” (My photo)
Founding member of WROC Joan French packed a punch in her presentation - made without notes. Caribbean countries are "not doing so well" in terms of women's rights, she said., adding: "Countries will be judged by the way they recognize diversity in their constitutions" (and in their actions, I would add). Powerful commentary!
Founding member of WROC Joan French packed a punch in her presentation – made without notes. Caribbean countries are “not doing so well” in terms of women’s rights, she said., adding: “Countries will be judged by the way they recognize diversity in their constitutions” (and in their actions, I would add). Powerful commentary! (My photo)

 

 

 

 


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