CWHE to launch in Saint Lu­cia

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Black Women Hon­ours and Em­pow­er­ment (BWHE), an ini­tia­tive by the Di­ver­sity Ad­vance­ment Net­work, has been chang­ing the lives of women and girls around the world, one chap­ter at a time. Through global and chap­ter ini­tia­tives, the or­gan­i­sa­tion hopes to ex­e­cute over 100 char­i­ta­ble en­deav­ours an­nu­ally. “Team sys­tem” chap­ters un­der the BWHE um­brella are in­volved in build­ing their com­mu­nity and work with like­minded in­di­vid­u­als to pro­mote more women in pol­i­tics, as en­trepreneurs and busi­ness, pro­fes­sion­als, and much more.

At the core of BWHE’s man­date is the de­sire to unite and em­power women of African de­scent and to pro­mote poli­cies that are fo­cused on erad­i­cat­ing bar­ri­ers. The ini­tia­tive ap­peals to young pro­fes­sion­als, fe­male vi­sion­ar­ies, women busi­ness own­ers, en­trepreneurs, in­dus­try and com­mu­nity lead­ers, stu­dents, and trail­blaz­ers in gen­eral – any woman with a mis­sion of ef­fect­ing change in her com­mu­nity.

With the Caribbean arm of the project, Caribbean Women’s Hon­ours and Em­pow­er­ment (CWHE), set to launch in Saint Lu­cia this month, Cashama Charlery, Chief Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fi­cer/Spe­cial­ist for the is­land shared some in­sight on what could be ex­pected.

“BWHE is an or­gan­i­sa­tion that was built in or­der to em­power black women,” Charlery said. “There are many chap­ters all over the world in­clud­ing Africa, North Amer­ica, and the Caribbean, all striv­ing for one com­mon goal, to help break bar­ri­ers and strains for women in to­day’s so­ci­ety for a bet­ter form of liv­ing. We will of­fi­cially launch a new chap­ter in Saint Lu­cia to in­spire and em­power young black women and mo­ti­vate them to strive for ex­cel­lence and never lose hope.”

Charlery went fur­ther to say that once the chap­ters are formed, mem­bers are ex­pected to se­lect com­mu­nity ser­vice ini­tia­tives to fo­cus on. This can in­clude men­tor­ship pro­grammes, gen­der and equal­ity work­shops, wealth cre­ation sem­i­nars, child spon­sor­ship, and health and well­ness ad­vo­cacy.

“De­ter­mi­na­tion and per­se­ver­ance is the lead­ing key to suc­cess, and hav­ing this or­gan­i­sa­tion in Saint Lu­cia will not only pro­vide a plat­form to re­view and ad­dress cer­tain is­sues af­fect­ing women to­day but also pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for net­work­ing. There is much to be done to up­lift and change the lives of women world­wide, and we are here to help.”

Re­cently launched chap­ters of the BWHE, par­tic­u­larly in the re­gion of Africa, in­clude Malawi, Namibia, Jo­han­nes­burg and Cameroon with other chap­ters work­ing on var­i­ous ‘Em­pow­erHer’ events in their cities. Other ini­tia­tives of the Di­ver­sity Ad­vance­ment Net­work in­clude the widely rec­og­nized Black Cana­dian Awards evening which is open to sub­mis­sions, rec­og­niz­ing women of ex­cel­lence across the board.

Among the first or­ders of busi­ness for the chap­ter to be launched in Saint Lu­cia will be a Meet and Greet ses­sion which will be held at the end of July. Ac­cord­ing to Charlery: “The pur­pose of the Meet and Greet will be to dis­cuss where we’d like the chap­ter to go, and what sort of out­reach we’d like to be­gin ini­ti­at­ing. As you would un­der­stand, pri­or­i­ties are dif­fer­ent in the var­i­ous ter­ri­to­ries. We would like to hear ideas from mem­bers in or­der to get ev­ery­one’s per­spec­tive, and find out what tal­ents and ex­per­tise they bring forth to the table.”

CWHE St Lu­cia is cur­rently ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for new mem­bers. In­ter­ested per­sons are asked to email cwh­estlu­cia@gmail. com.

With CWHE set to launch in Saint Lu­cia, the women’s or­gan­i­sa­tion is keen to em­bark on com­mu­nity-build­ing en­deav­ours lo­cally.

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