Several events are planned throughout March to mark “Honoring Women Month.”
On March 8, – International Women’s Day – the Family Resource Centre, which is coordinating activities this month, will host an event from 4-6 p.m. at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands.
The featured attraction is the premiere of two local films by PCreative: “Beautiful Struggle” and “Girls Voice,” both starring women and girls of the Cayman Islands.
The film “Beautiful Struggle” looks at girls who become mothers at a young age and how their lives change. “Girls Voice” features high school girls from all over Grand Cayman sharing their unedited opinions on family, school, drugs and sex, and advice for future generations.
Explaining the theme of this year’s International Women’s Month, “Making It Happen,” Miriam Foster, the Family Resource Centre’s program coordinator, said it calls for more women to take action in senior leadership positions, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and entrepreneurship, as well as for equal recognition of the genders in arts and sports.
“Do not wait for something to happen. Get out there and do it,” she said.
At the March 8 event, photo displays of women who “make it happen” will be featured, along with images from the “He For She” photo campaign, a United Nations initiative led locally by Celebrations Ltd., in which men are encouraged to stand in solidarity in support of gender equality.
“Celebrations is pleased to be able to work with the United Nations group to add the Cayman Islands to their global map of supporters, thanks to this first commitment. We will be calling for and accepting pledges year-round and collaborating with other organizations regularly to flourish the movement. Every pledge is a promise for change and awareness,” said Celebrations’s JoAnne Brown.
In the “He For She” campaign, men are asked to pose against a white background holding a white sign with lettering in black saying “#HeForShe” and send the photographs to [email protected] or tag Celebrations Ltd. on Facebook or Instagram.
The Family Resource Centre also plans to incorporate women-focused activities into its regular family skills session classes. These will take place at East End Primary School on March 19, and at the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre on March 30.
On March 22, the Color Me Purple 5K Walk/Run starts from Smith Cove and continues along South Sound to The Avenue. Registration is $15. All participants are asked to wear purple or the 5K shirt ready for color powder bombing from the stations.
The event raises money for programs the Family Resource Centre provides to women and children in the community.
For a full list of activities this month, contact 949-0006 or email [email protected].