Workplace pain still leaving a stain on employee relations
President of the Barbados Association of Endometriosis and PCOS (BAEP), Jasmine Evelyn.
While there has been greater awareness and understanding surrounding the negative physical and psychological impact of some gynaecological conditions, there is still room for improvement, especially within the workforce.
Word of this comes from President of the Barbados Association of Endometriosis and PCOS (BAEP), Jasmine Evelyn.
She spoke to Loop News following a recent thrift shop at the Hastings Esplanade in Christ Church.
Ms Evelyn explained the rationale behind the event:
"The event was successful, we had a lot of wonderful ladies donate clothes to the shop - not only were we fundraising but we were also encouraging the concept of recycling. We held the pop-up thrift shop as a way to raise funds for the charity in a way that did not require us to spend tons of money upfront."
Barbados Association of Endometriosis and PCOS pop-up thrift shop
She added that in addition to various awareness projects, the Association directly assists members in maintaining their medical requirements:
"Our charity helps members with the expensive medications needed to manage endometriosis and P.C.O.S. We also help with hospital fees and really in any way that we can. Therefore funds are needed to continue to provide this aid.
"We also fundraise to help us continue our outreach programmes to advocate and educate. One of our goals right now is for the charity to have a permanent home, so funds are needed for that as well."
One such fundraiser is coming up soon:
"Our EndoMarch is coming up for Endometriosis Awareness month in March 2019. This is where we participate in a worldwide walk to raise awareness of Endometriosis.
"It would be our third year hosting the walk in Barbados and persons can support us by buying a shirt and walking with us when the time comes."
And with the increasing awareness about these conditions, that event is expected to continue to be a success:
"Many persons identified that either family members, friends or colleagues had one of the conditions. One lady even came to the sale because she was recently diagnosed and wanted to help with the fundraising.
"Persons are definitely more aware of the conditions now. Even if they do not understand them completely, they are familiar with the terms."
She nevertheless noted that more work is needed:
"There is still lots of work to be done though, as painful debilitating periods are still seen as the norm.
"We hope that with increased awareness women will find more support and understanding especially in the workplace, where it can be quite difficult for colleagues and superiors to understand and relate to persons with these conditions."
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