The Jamaica Women’s Outreach Centre hosted their 2nd Annual Womens’ Day expo in honour of International Women’s Day which is celebrated on March 8th each year. The first National Woman’s Day was observed in the United States on 28 February, 1909. The Socialist Party of America designated this day in honour of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions. Since then, International Women’s Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries worldwide.
The expo was held on March 7th 2015 from 10 am to 4pm at the University’s Founders Park.The day began with an opening ceremony with greetings by Senator Immani Duncan-Pryce. Media personality Mrs. Paula-Ann Porter Jones was the Mistress of Ceremonies for the presentation portion of the event. Presentations were done by Her Worship the Mayor, Senator, Councillor Angela Brown Burke JP, Dr. Tracey-Ann Brown (Medical Doctor) and Buffy Campbell (yoga instructor).
Mathu Joyini the current South African High Commissioner was the keynote speaker. The Meadowbrook United Church entertained the attendees with an enthralling dance performance..
Attendees were invited to view the various booths exhibiting at the expo, which educated and informed women and other attendees on resources available to them.
Live entertainment portion Mistress of Ceremonies was Ms. Krystle Daley who was the 2011 Festival Queen. Several artists entertained the attendees such as Gem Myers, Keznamdi and several other artistes. Kezanamdi’s performance was dedicated to women and his songs were inspirational. He mentioned that he grew up with very strong women (he has three sisters). He also called upon his sister Kellisa McDonald to perform their new single “Live for Today” with him. Briana a very young woman with a powerful voice performed a cover of Alicia Keys’ Woman’s Worth.
All in all the Expo achieved its goal of celebrating and bringing awareness to International Women’s Day.
How did you spend Women’s International Day?