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BPW Barbados @ the Barbados Network Consultation 2012

Prime Minister of Barbados Freundel Stuart & Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade Maxine McClean chat with BPW President Marrianne Burnham

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BPW Barbados Supports 2012 Diaspora Conference

BPW Barbados participated in the Barbados Network Consultation on August 7th to 10th at the Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. The event, under the theme “Linking Generations – Embracing Our Youth” allowed an opportunity for Bajans in the Diaspora to link with local businesses and NGOs.

BPW Barbados secured a booth in the Exhibitor’s hall and set-up its Clothesline Display, used by the BPW Crisis Centre as a sensitization and awareness tool. Some members of the public who viewed the display found it disturbing; the Clothesline T-shirts are designed by Domestic Violence survivors as a form of catharsis and therapy in dealing with their pain. Some T-shirts were designed by random members of the public as well. Some messages on the shirts were startling but BPW Barbados decided to showcase this tool anyways, which is part of the BPW Shelter and Crisis Centre advocacy and outreach. (The Shelter  and Crisis Centre are two of the biggest projects of BPW Barbados in the last decade). The display also attracted potential members based both in Barbados and overseas which was the intention of this networking opportunity for BPW Barbados.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Maxine McClean and Senator Haynesely Benn stopped by the booth to view the display and engage in light discussion. Barbados Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Director Lisa Gale also took the time to view the display.

The BPW Booth also featured female-owned businesses. A variety of bags from the Luggage Centre, Cave Shepherd, which is owned and managed by BPW Member Gegetta Crookendale, were part of the display. Natural jams, jellies, sauces and spice rubs of Natasha Davis, Entrepreneur and owner of Nature’s Oils were also on sale in addition to Grace B’s fresh coconut bread.

President of BPW Barbados, Marrianne Burnham hosted one of the speed networking sessions at the Diaspora Conference. The conference was educational and enlightening and the displays of the other businesses and NGOs were excellent. BPW Members took the opportunity to attend the opening and closing ceremonies, the Crop Over Party at the Prime Minister’s Residence and the Awards Ceremony at the new Coverley Development in Christ Church.

BPW Barbados is grateful to the BNC 2012 Committee for inviting them to the event. BPW  Barbados thanks Executive Members Nicole Alleyne (Vice President) and Marva Browne (Secretary) in addition to members  Mona Grimes, Gegetta Crookendale, Ruchelle Roach and Cleavon Martin for their assistance in setting up and manning the booth. The Barbados Network Consultation 2012 was a success and BPW Barbados looks forward to participating again in the near future.