Tuesday 25 February, 2020

WATCH: Female health taking centre stage

One association is on a mission to bring topics which for long have been considered strictly private matters to the forefront in Barbados. 

The Barbados Association of Endometriosis and P.C.O.S., (BAEP) has been providing a space for girls and women who suffer from these very painful, destabilising and life-altering conditions to join in the fight to find longlasting remedies, while advocating for greater understanding and a commitment to finding solutions nationally.

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This as challenges surrounding female sexual and reproductive health continue to have a monumental impact on the society - a situation which is particularly evident in many workplaces. 

In fact, the negative impact conditions such as endometriosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and fibroids have on the personal and professional lives of many Barbadians, and the workforce consequently, became very apparent on Tuesday, December 18. 

That is when BAEP with the support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Caribbean Sub-regional Office for Barbados, launched their first book entitled, 'Invisible NOT Imaginary'.

During the event, the emotional, physical and professional trials which many females face as a result of these conditions were underlined, with the disclosure that some women have even lost their jobs because of the extraordinary challenges they face each month, highlighting the need for greater awareness and cooperation on these issues in Barbados. 

Spoken word artiste, LaShawna Griffith, touched many with her poem on these conditions.


Something BAEP is working towards, while ensuring that younger generations are informed about these conditions and the horrifying impact they can have on the lives of some females. 

Their book 'Invisible NOT Imaginary', is another tool to do just that, as they will now use the stories which bring these challenges to life in its pages in their outreach programme in schools across the island.

Take a look at the video as psychologist and author Vania Patrick-Drakes and Executive Director at the Barbados Family Planning Association, Anderson Langdon, addressed the book launch. 

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