CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN SUP­PORTS TWO OR­GAN­I­SA­TIONS FOR IN­TER­NA­TIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

The Star (St. Lucia) - - WOMEN’S DAY -

In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day is recog­nised the world over on March 8th and is a day sin­gled out to cel­e­brate the ac­com­plish­ments of women and iden­tify ways to en­hance greater equal­ity.

In recog­ni­tion of In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day, CIBC FirstCaribbean has made dona­tions to the St. Lu­cia Cri­sis Cen­tre and the St. Lu­cia Net­work of Ru­ral Women Pro­duc­ers. The dona­tions will as­sist the two or­gan­i­sa­tions in car­ry­ing out their man­date to en­hance the lives of women in the com­mu­nity.

“The theme of this year’s In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day is ‘Make it Hap­pen’, and this is a call to or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als to cel­e­brate the achieve­ments of women while en­cour­ag­ing ef­fec­tive ac­tion for ad­vanc­ing and recog­nis­ing women,” said Coun­try Manager, Ladesa James-Wil­liams.

She said that it “is with this goal in mind that we iden­ti­fied two lo­cal groups that are ‘mak­ing it hap­pen’ by mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the lives of women in St. Lu­cia. Our dona­tions to the St. Lu­cia Net­work of Ru­ral Women Pro­duc­ers and the St. Lu­cia Cri­sis Cen­tre will go a long way in em­pow­er­ing women to take charge of their lives by cre­at­ing sus­tain­able av­enues for self-em­ploy­ment, and pro­vid­ing sup­port for women who may be in abu­sive sit­u­a­tions.”

The St. Lu­cia Cri­sis Cen­tre first opened its doors to the public in 1988 and has since then as­sisted thou­sands of in­di­vid­u­als, pro­vid­ing ad­vice, coun­selling or as­sis­tance for all forms of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence whether phys­i­cal, sex­ual or emo­tional.

Since 2011, the St. Lu­cia Net­work of Ru­ral Women Pro­duc­ers has made an is­land-wide im­pact on the liveli­hoods of women in ru­ral ar­eas by pro­vid­ing train­ing and sup­port to women in ar­eas of agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion.

“Our con­tri­bu­tions en­able us to ex­press the prom­ise of the CIBC FirstCaribbean brand to help our com­mu­ni­ties achieve what mat­ters to them. It is our hope that through or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the St. Lu­cia Cri­sis So­ci­ety and the St. Lu­cia Net­work of Ru­ral Women Pro­duc­ers we can as­sist and em­power women and by ex­ten­sion do our part in de­vel­op­ing and pro­mot­ing the pos­i­tive as­pects of our so­ci­ety,” Mrs. James-Wil­liams added.

Reps from St. Lu­cia Cri­sis Cen­tre & St Lu­cia Net­work of Ru­ral Women Pro­duc­ers with CIBC FirstCaribbean

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