As Barbados moves further into the 21st Century, women play a greater role in shaping this country’s future – it is this premise which will come to the fore when the Bureau of Gender Affairs hosts a panel discussion on Monday, February 18. This will coincide with the commemoration of the Day of Women of the Americas being observed on that day.

It’s to be held in the conference room of the Dining Club, Manor Lodge Complex, Manor Lodge, St. Michael, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Panellists will be Toni Moore, Industrial Relations Officer of the Barbados Workers? Union, who will speak on ?The Role of Women in Barbadian Politics?; while Cecelia Babb, acting Executive Co-ordinator of the Caribbean Policy Development Centre, will discuss ?Preparing Women for Politics?.

Cynthia Forde, Member of Parliament for St. Thomas and a former Minister of Government; and Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner, a business woman, will share their experiences on the challenges, obstacles and successes of being in politics. Moderator will be Sandra Husbands, a former Senator, who is also President of the Small Business Association.

The Day of the Women of the Americas was created in 1982 by a resolution of the OAS General Assembly in recognition of ?the vital role that the women of the Americas have played as agents of social change.?

The key objective of this day, February 18, is to stimulate new initiatives and establish programmes of action dedicated to involving women fully and permanently in the countries? development.

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  1. This article made mention of a number of women who will form part of the panel. Why is it that there is only one picture – Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner?

  2. Um, I have no idea what browser you’re using nor if you have dial-up or ADSL but I have TWO pix there, one is MP C. Forde at top right corner and Sen. I. Garner at bottom left… I am checking again on a different OS and seeing TWO officers. Maybe you need an upgrade?


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