Tyson takes Cayman to San Fran

Participated in International Women’s Festival

Local author and human services
professional Catherine Tyson joined hundreds of women, from all over the world
and all walks of life at the third annual Santa Barbara International Women’s
Festival recently in Santa Barbara, California to celebrate International
Woman’s Day. 

“The event was a rich and
wonderful experience to showcase the Cayman Islands, which before many of the
women met me, were not even aware of this beautiful dot on the map and today
are quite aware that we exist and are absolutely fabulous! I was glad to have
been involved and was received well and treated like royalty by many of the
ladies who took time out of their day to host me,” said Ms Tyson. “I made very
valuable contacts that turned into many personal appearances and events over
the period of time that I was there. Those women in California are movers and
shakers and we need some of that over here. I am currently in discussions with
the phenomenon, Patty DeDominic, about how we can have our own Women’s
Festivals in our own backyard in the future.”

Since the early 20th Century, 8 March
has officially been recognised as International Women’s Day, commemorated by
the United Nations and designated as a national holiday in many countries. In
honour of the ongoing struggle for women’s equality and to further worldwide
solidarity, Women’s Festival was co-founded by Patty DeDominic and Mary
Schnack, both entrepreneurs and women’s rights advocates. According to recent
numbers provided by the United Nations, women account for half of the world’s
population, do two-thirds of the world’s work, earn one-tenth of the world’s
income and own one-hundredth of the world’s property.  That being said, it is no wonder that women
need recognition for all of their countless and necessary contributions to
work, home, hearth and the world over.

The theme for the 2010 festival in
Santa Barbara was “connectivity.” Women from a range of professional
and personal backgrounds had the opportunity to connect with one another, as
well as share tools and resources that can help them prosper in all aspects of
their lives. 

Ms Tyson joined the panel of
“Glocal” (the merging of the words Global and Local) to discuss
International Opportunities in Your Backyard and shared the stage with Dr. Jean
Weidemann, Africa; Hiroko Tatebe, Japan; 
Dr. Anita Davis-DeFoe, Caribbean Woman’s Network; and Elena Higgins of
Indigie Femme, New Zealand as they discussed the work that they do to help
women in their own backyards to be more aware on themselves, their power and
ability to change the world.  Ms Tyson
also had the opportunity to have a stall showcasing her recently published
book, I’m Somebody’s Mama, as well as the other women and their products and
projects.

The Women’s Festival is an annual
non-profit event that features female leaders from the worlds of business, arts
and politics, and focused on the five critical areas of women’s lives:
personal, professional, philanthropic, political and planet. It also included a
business expo, an art auction, roundtable discussions, entertainment, and
prominent speakers from all over the globe.

“The event was a rich and
wonderful experience to showcase the Cayman Islands, which before many of the
women met me, were not even aware of this beautiful dot on the map and today
are quite aware that we exist and are absolutely fabulous! I was glad to have
been involved and was received well and treated like royalty by many of the
ladies who took time out of their day to host me,” said Ms Tyson. “I made very
valuable contacts that turned into many personal appearances and events over
the period of time that I was there. Those women in California are movers and
shakers and we need some of that over here. I am currently in discussions with
the phenomenon, Patty DeDominic, about how we can have our own Women’s
Festivals in our own backyard in the future.”

For more information on the
festival, go to www.womensfestivals.com
or on similar events and opportunities contact Catherine Tyson at [email protected] or go to www.somebodysmama.com

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