U.S. Embassy Kingston celebrated Women’s’ History Month 2018 through two unique activities which served to promote women and girls’ empowerment! Under the International Women’s Day 2018 campaign theme #PressforProgress, the Embassy hosted an exciting Grant Competition and screened the world renowned documentary, Girl Rising.
Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Maura Barry-Boyle played a major role in these two activities, executed by the Embassy’s Public Affairs Section. For the Grant Competition the Mission engaged Jamaicans through social media on opportunities valued at a combined total of US$60,000. Following a rigorous selection process and pitch competition, the US Embassy awarded three grants valued at US$20,000 each to promote the empowerment of women and girls in Jamaica. Recipients were Eve for Life, Youth can do I.T. and Her Flow.
Over 100 students viewed the documentary Girl Rising which focused on the topic of educating girls. The documentary delved into issues of gender based violence, human trafficking, activism and education while providing several interlinking ways of understanding their meanings and significance to the girl child, her community and by extension the global community.
While the film was impactful, it was the panel discussion hosted before and after the film that helped unearth the major themes. Panelists included Acting DCM Maura Barry-Boyle and Social Commentator and Gender Specialist Nadeen Spence, who engaged the audience introducing the on-the-ground Jamaican realities for girls and education.
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