Monthly Archives: March 2015

BPW Crisis Centre supports UWI STAT’s Awareness Day

With the hope of informing females on domestic violence and ensuring that they know the ‘red flags’, the Business & Professional Women’s Club of Barbados attended the UWISTAT’s Year of Awareness Day, held on the lawn of the Guild of Students, Cave Hill Campus.

In addition the Business & Professional Women’s Club is hoping to make students aware of the options available to them after finding themselves in various unfavourable situations.

The organisation, which is in 96 countries around the world, focuses on lobbying for equality and social justice for women.

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Marlene Hewitt, Crisis Centre Coordinator for the Business and Professional Women’s Club (right) and Carl-Anne Bradshaw engage with a student on campus.

Marlene Hewitt, Crisis Centre Co-ordinator for the Business & Professional Women’s club indicated that the organisation, which has been around for many years, is proud of its achievements thus far but more still needs to be done in terms of disseminating the message.

With the establishment of of a crisis hotline which deals with rape, sexual assault, domestic violence and suicides, the organisation has made strides, with the highlight being the introduction of a shelter for women and children who have been abused.

Noting that there are several in need, the organisation has had to cut back on persons being taken in and on staff, given the reduction in finances received from the government. However, the organisation is still committed to helping those in dire need of assistance.

With regard to the debate surrounding female abuse of men and what can be done, Ms. Hewitt believes that men need to take responsibility, step up to the plate and offer assistance to men in whatever ways possible. According to her, men’s needs will not be the same as women’s and such a shelter may not be required, but at the same time men need to explore the options available, have talks with the government and other organisatons and put more institutions in place to deal with the issues.

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CIBCFirstCaribbean Donates to BPW Shelter Project

BPW Barbados received a kind donation from CIBCFirstCaribbean to assist in the upgrade of the BPW Shelter that houses women and their families who are victims of gender-based violence. The donation of BDS$10,000 will go a long way to make the present and future clients of the facility more comfortable when seeking safe housing at the BPW Shelter. New President of the 2015-2017 term Jenifer Johnson was proud to join Immediate Past President Marrianne Burnham and Crisis Centre Coordinator Marlene Hewitt to accept the donation. BPW Barbados thanks Country Head Donna Wellington and the CIBCFirstCaribbean team for considering their very worthy cause and contribution to the upkeep of the facility.

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IWD 2015- Make It Happen!


Support our partners and friends for International Women’s Day.

Come out to Mama Mia’s Restaurant @ 530PM for an evening of Jazz and Fashion in support of a very worthy cause – the BPW Shelter.

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10995995_839159812810062_2680432053016262707_nWomen and Sport Commission invites you to wear a shirt of any cause you support and come out and Make It Happen and the the Barbados Olympic Centre. Participate in the 5KRun/ Walk, Zumba or other fun activities for a very worthy cause!

International Women’s Day Activities – Make It Happen!

2015 Calendar of Events For International Women’s Day

Theme: “Make It Happen”

*BPW Select Events – Events BPW Members & Friends are asked to an extra special effort to attend

BPW Barbados supports all International Women’s Day Event – support as many as you can!

March 8

BPW Select Event

International Women’s Day Service Women of Purpose Ministries Ellerton Wesleyan Holiness Church, St. George 8:00 a:m
March 8 International Women’s Day Service  Women’s Department of the St James Parish of the New Testament Church of God Fitts Village New Testament Church of God St James 4:00 p:m
March 8 Panel Discussion Christ Church Parish Church Mother’s Union Christ Church Parish Church Centre 5:00 p:m
March 8 Breakfast  for :At Risk “ youth cost $35:00 Barbados Faces Divi South Winds Hotel 8:00 a:m – 10:30 a:m
March 8 Telethon Lunch  cost $45:00 Barbados Faces Divi South Winds Hotels 11:00 a:m- 2:00 p:m
March 8 A Nostalgic Review Anthony Poser Grazette Divi South Winds Hotel 6:00 p:m
March 8

BPW Select

 Town Hall Meeting for the Launch of HeForShe UN women Queen’s Park Steel Shed 5:00 to 7:00 p.m
March 8

BPW Select Event


Champion Your Cause” 5K Walk/Run, the Patsy Callender CrossFit Challenge, and a 30-minute Zumba workout Women and Sport Commission of the Barbados Olympic Association Olympic Centre in Wildey, St. Michael. 3pm-6pm
March 8

BPW Select Event

Jazz & Fashion Show with Kartushe Boutique & Diamond’s International

(Proceeds go towards BPW Shelter)

Mama Mia’s Restaurant & Friends

BPW Barbados

Mama Mia’s Italian Deli, Hastings, Christ Church 5:30 – 7:30PM
March 9 Lecture on The Silver Woman: A Glimpse Into the :Lives of West Indian Women in Panama National Library Service Headquarters of the National Library Service 7:00 p:m
March 12 Joint Women’s Club Meeting for International Women’s Day Tickets $40 Living Waters Community Centre Hosted by the Canadian Women’s Club 9.30-2:00pm
March 21 Public Lecture on Feminist Dialogue Boycotts and politics of Transnational Feminist Solidarity in Isreal and Palestine by Dr. Wafaa Hasan Institute for Gender and Development Studies Lecture theatre four

CLICO Centre for Teaching Excellence

7:00 p:m
March 31 Girls’ Talk Workshop National Task Force on Crime Solidarity House 9:00 a:m – 3:00 p:m