One hundred and forty-three women today graduated from the King’s Daughter programme, hosted by the Women of Excellence and Empowerment Ministries.
The 12-week course addressed topics such as goal setting, self-esteem, sexual health, money management, women in the workplace, women and their relationships, and inner and outer beauty.
President of the Women of Excellence and Empowerment Ministries, Andrea Harris, congratulated the women on completing the programme, saying they are now in a better position to face life’s challenges.
“We celebrate with a strong group of princesses who along this journey believed that deposited deep inside of them was the strength and capacity to weather the storm, gems who understood the importance of not confusing their valuables with their value, champions who believe without a shadow of a doubt that they were not going to allow their history and the circumstances they brought to the programme to determine their destiny,” Harris said.
Addressing the ceremony, which was held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite encouraged the graduates to use the knowledge gained from the programme to empower not only themselves, but other women.
“And indeed you … have an opportunity to ensure that wherever you go, that you take your high standards with you and bring along more women with you, rather than reducing your standards,” Brathwaite said.
Since its inception four years ago, over 900 women have graduated from the programme, including 20 from HMP Dodds.
Brathwaite also encouraged the organisers to extend the course to other young women who may be in need of guidance.
“Let me encourage you to ensure that this programme, where possible, is incorporated more and more into our society.
“And indeed if at all I can be of assistance in terms of opening any doors for example, there is no reason why if you have not done it yet, that you should not consider the girls at the Government Industrial School because having looked at this programme I believe that it will do them no end of good,” he said.