‘Invisible Women’ To be Recognized

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Landings Celebration Tomorrow Night.

THE Landings Resort and Spa will host a celebration of working class women in St Lucia in celebration of International Women’s Day 2017 tomorrow at 8:00 p.m..

The event, the brainchild of Sociologist Dr. Greta Franklin-Brown Ph.D. is entitled ‘Making Visible the Invisible” celebrating working class women. An Educational Sociologist and Gender Specialist, Dr. Franklin-Brown has worked and lectured both in further and higher education, producing extensive research on women and gender issues.

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Dr. Franklin Brown

The objective of this event is to make visible a group of women who have worked hard in providing for their children and families and by their hard work and tenacity have contributed to the economy.

Dr. Franklin Brown said: “These women are the market vendors, the women who sell at the roadside in their trays, the cooks who prepare meals and then go from establishment to establishment to sell their food, the women farmers, the small hairdresser, the seamstress this list is by no means exhaustive. As part of their contribution to society along the way some have produced successful members of society”.

She said International Women’s Day (March 8) is a celebration of women all over the world irrespective of ethnicity, religion, race, class, gender, disability or sexual orientation. It is a celebration of women of the past, women of today and of women in the future. It’s a celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women of across the globe. Nevertheless, in some countries progress has been very slow, in fact one is inclined to say at a snail’s pace, and women are oppressed. Some are seen as the properties of their husbands.

The theme for International Women’s Day 2017 is “Be Bold For Change” (IWD) and calls on people around the globe to assist in building a more gender inclusive world.

In addition, Dr. Franklin-Brown noted that “too often these women are overlooked and whilst it is wonderful to acknowledge the successful women who have been able to break the glass ceiling we need to recognize the other women, the working class, who have made strides in our society and show our appreciation”.

She said that the enormous support she has received thus far from the business sector in St Lucia has indeed been astounding. “This is a testament to the far-reaching impact of the contribution of these women”.

This event is sponsored by: a number of businesses on the island.

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