Twelve craftswomen of our fate were honoured for their contribution to Barbadian society as part of the island’s International Women’s Day celebrations recently.
The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill’s Institute of Gender and Development: Nita Barrow Unit in conjunction with the Community Department of the Ministry of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development paid homage to the women during an awards ceremony, held in the Lecture Theatre 1 of the Roy Marshall Teaching Complex at the university.
Outstanding females from each parish were praised for their work in the community, while Rashida Beckles received the Youth Award.
In her address, acting head of the Institute of Gender and Development, Dr. Charmane Crawford, issued a call to those present to take an example from 15-year-old Pakistani Malala Yousafzai, who was shot for advocating women’s educational rights, and speak out against inequality.
“While we may not have to deal with such extremism in Barbados, and while we may at times take out right to decent education for granted, let us see Malala’s courageous act in standing up for what she believes in, as a call for us to take action when injustices occur,” she said.
Crawford also saluted the awardees for their work, adding “they have transformed the lives of others by giving of their time, knowledge, expertise and simply of themselves. Our awardees should be praised for their acheivements because I’m sure that much of what they do rarely show up in GDP figures.” (LW)