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T&T has celebrated this significant event since
the 1950s with progressively growing awareness.
This year the Network of NGOs has chosen to focus
International Women s Day 2014 around the theme
"Women in Enterprise; Equality means Business."
A number of activities have been planned at various
venues by private and state agencies to mark the
occasion. One major change has been the shift of
the rally and march which is usually held in Port-
of-Spain. Instead, the Network will join with National
Union of Domestic Employees (NUDE) and women
trade unions in Arima today.
On Monday, as the Network seeks to empower
women in the area of business, a One Day Women
in Enterprise conference
will be held at National
Academy for the Per-
forming Arts (NAPA),
10 is also Common-
According to a release
from the Network,
women make up 51 per
cent of the world s pop-
ulation, are responsible
for 66 per cent of the
world s output yet only
receive ten per cent of
the world s income.
The Network is seek-
ing to change those fig-
ures by empowering women in enterprise. To this
end, the US Embassy will partner with the Network
via its US Speaker Programme in having writer,
speaker and change agent Dr Avis Jones-DeWeever
as the feature speaker at the event.
Jones-DeWeever will share her expertise and expe-
riences on race, gender and the economy including
poverty, inequality of educational and economic
opportunity slanted to the T&T context.
Also participating in the conference will be Bar-
bados Business and Professional Women (BPW)
president, Marrianne Burnham. A projected five-
year road map of actions in relation to women in
enterprise is expected to be drafted following the
There will also be an opportunity for women in
business to showcase their goods and services at an
"Women in enterprise is now considered the new
women s movement," said Hazel Brown, co-ordinator
of the Network of NGOs, in the release. While the
feminists in the past fought for the right to vote,
education and equal pay for equal work, women now
need to become business leaders and business owners
in order to attain equality and equity, the release
Also on the agenda for IWD 2014 celebrations is
a prayer and thanksgiving service which will be held
in conjunction with the Hindu Women s Organisation
Women in Enterprise; Equality means Business
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
tomorrow at the Lakshmi Narayan Mandir
in Siewdass Road, Freeport.
In keeping with its thrust to empower
women, A Roving Business Clinic for
Women Entrepreneurs in rural communities
will also afford women throughout T&T to
benefit from the public education and advo-
cacy drive. The Network continues to be a
building agent in a world where diversity
is considered an asset and individuality a
source of richness; where dialogue flourishes
and where writing, song and dreams can
flower, the release said.
"In this world, human beings are con-
sidered one of the most precious sources
of wealth. Equality, freedom, solidarity, jus-
tice, and peace are its driving force. We
have the power to create this world. We
represent over half of humanity. We give
life, we work, love, create, struggle, and
have fun. We currently accomplish most of
the work essential to life and the continued
survival of humankind. Yet our place in
society continues to be undervalued," the
The new millennium has witnessed a sig-
nificant change and attitudinal shift in both
women s and society s thoughts about
women s equality and emancipation.
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International Women's Day (IWD)
has been observed since the early
1900's, which was a time of great
expansion and turbulence in the
industrialised world that brought
about booming population growth
and the rise of radical ideologies.
According to a
release from the
make up 51 per
cent of the world's
responsible for 66
per cent of the
world's output yet
only receive ten
per cent of the
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