PHOTOS: BWU marches for International Women’s Day
And this morning this was demonstrated when not only women turned out to march through the streets of Bridgetown calling for an end to violence and gender equality, but men also – a march that started at Queen Park in The City.
With placards bearing slogans such as “Equality for one, Equality for All”, “Women stand up for your rights”, “Domestic Violence – It Matters” and “Women, Hear Me Roar” close to 50 members of the BWU took to the streets as they joined the rest of the world in observing International Women’s Day.
Principal of the Frank Walcott Labour College, Doreen Deane, in addressing members this morning said:
“What we are doing is not a sexist thing. Rather every year on March 8th International Women’s Day, we in the union join our colleagues around the globe to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality.”
She said especially now that Barbados and the region are still faced with an economic recession, policymakers need to pay particular attention to the decisions they take at the highest level in regard to the livelihood of working men and women, particularly women “who are wage earners and are operating at the lowest levels of society.”
She applauded Coordinator of The Gender Equality Committee and Assistant General Secretary of The BWU Wilma Smith for organising the event year after year.
Smith said the march was aimed at raising public awareness about the scourge of violence in its many forms and the need for all Barbadians to become part of the solution.
The march, on leaving Solidarity House, proceeded to Bridgetown via Queen’s Park, St. Michael’s Row, Bridge Street, Probyn Street, Lower Bay Street, Fairchild Street, Bridge Street, Wharf Road, Hincks Street, St. George Street, Chapel Street, Lower Broad Street, Upper Broad Street, Roebuck Street and returned to Harmony Hall.