Monthly Archives: November 2012

Barbados Golf Association Donates to BPW Barbados

More than 100 players are expected to tee-off in the 8th RBC Royal Bank Golf Classic being played at the Barbados Golf Club on November 24 and 25th.

Organized by the Barbados Golf Association, BGA President Hadley Byer says he expects the tournament to be over-subscribed with places open for 120 players.

During a media conference at the BGC, to launch the event on November 14,  Byer  said there were more than 400 golfers in Barbados and this  meant that there would be tight competition for  entry spots.

The RBC Classic is a major event on the BGA’s calendar and the President said he was again anticipating lots of interest from abroad as foreign golfers last year made up 20 per cent of the entries.

Top Barbados player James Johnson is defending champion in the RBC Classic, which was won by Canada-based Barbadian Stephen Layne in 2010.

Speaking on behalf of the sponsors, RBC’s Corporate Communications Manager Joseph Charles said his company had supported the event from its inception and they were proud to be associated with one of the island’s premier golf tournaments.

He said RBC also had a proud tradition of supporting regional and international golf.

Funds raised from hosting the annual RBC Classic will go towards assisting the development of junior golf in Barbados and Charles reported that again this year the bank will present a High Performance Award to a young golfer who showed the best skills and character throughout the season. Junior national players Serena Smith and Donald Leacock previously won this award.

During the media conference, RBC Marketing Manager Frank Drakes also made a presentation of $3 000 to the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Barbados. This was a donation to a charity identified by the BGA, following the Birdies For Charity Initiative, which coincided with the Caribbean Golf Championships in St. Kitts in August.

General Manager of the Barbados Golf Club, the host club of the Classic over the years, Betty-June Leacock reported that some upgrade work was currently being done on the greens and the course will be in top shape for the 2012 tournament.

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Barbados Golf Association/ RBC Donates to BPW Barbados…

16 Days of Activism of Violence Against Women

The BPW Barbados Club, Crisis Centre and Shelter will be observing the upcoming 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women from November 25th to December 10. A series of events including the White Ribbon Campaign for Men Against Violence will be executed to raise awareness of this very serious issue. The Bureau of Gender Affairs will be issuing a schedule of events of various governmental and NGO activities, to ensure a partnered approach to this VAW initiative which affects all levels of the society and the economy of Barbados, and countries around the world.

HIV & Gender Based Violence Workshops Nov 7& 13 – BPW & CHAA

BPW Barbados Invites Members and Friends to the following:
 
HIV & Gender Based Violence Capacity Building Workshops – Nov 7th & 13th 
Hosted by Caribbean HIV Alliance (CHAA) & BPW Barbados
 
Location: Training Room, Baobab Towers, Warrens, St. Michael
 
Workshop 1 – Wed, Nov 7th 5.30pm – 8.30pm
Workshop 2 – Tues, Nov 13th 5.30pm – 8.30pm
 
Cost: Members (dues paid) – FREE 
Others: Monetary contribution of choice to BPW Education & Development Programmes AND/OR BPW Food Bank Donation
Registration: Contact Mona Grimes 836-5070 or email bpwbarbadosonline@gmail.com
 
Background:
The links between HIV/AIDS and gender based violence are becoming increasingly apparent based on the findings of various studies conducted primarily in the United States and Sub-Saharan Africa. Findings show an increased risk of HIV/AIDS among women victims of gender based violence and also show that being HIV positive is a risk factor for violence against women.  This relationship has grave consequences for global health and human development, especially with regard to adult women, adolescents, and girls, who are most affected by sexual violence and are consequently more susceptible to HIV/AIDS. The global proportion of HIV-positive women has increased significantly over the last five years, and this process is most visible in countries where the virus spreads mainly through heterosexual intercourse, as is the case in most parts of the Caribbean and Central
America.
 
The importance of examining the connections among gender equity, various types of gender-based violence, and HIV/AIDS is apparent within the context of achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and especially with regard to MDG 3, the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Increasingly, as gender violence and gender inequality are cited as determining factors in women’s risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, urgent inter-programmatic efforts are needed to increase women’s access to health, health care, and their ability to make decisions regarding their health if we are to curb the growing rates of HIV/AIDS infection among women and reduce their susceptibility to HIV infection due to sexual violence.