Five women making life easier for Caribbean people
Today is International Women's Day and the world is focused on the achievements of women.
In the Caribbean, there are many women working tirelessly to improve the lives of other women and their communities.
Here are five women doing their part in their respective islands.
Shelly Ann Weekes, Founder of HerFlow, Jamaica
This Jamaican sex educator and columnist is trying to improve the lives of girls and women through an initiative aimed at addressing period poverty. Her programme HerFlow aims to educate females and males about periods and to provide access to sanitary pads and tampons for those who can’t afford it.
Keithlin Caroo, Founder and President of Helen’s Daughters, St Lucia
Founded by Keithlin Caroo, Helen’s Daughter is a non-profit organisation that is focused on giving women equal opportunities in the agricultural industry. The NGO aims to give women improved market access and ways to use technology to improve their capabilities. The NGO was formed in 2016 from a winning proposal for the United Nation’s Empower Women Champions for Change Program.
Sonia Noel, fashion designer, women’s activist, author, Guyana
Sonia Noel made her name as a fashion designer but now, as an author, she is dedicating her life to telling women’s stories and inspiring countless others through her Women Across Borders: Rising From the Ashes anthology. She also helps to empower women through her annual Women in Business Expo in Guyana and is the founder of the Guyana Fashion Weekend in 2007 and the Guyana Model Search and Designers Portfolio in 2008.
Asiya Mohammed, CEO, Conflict Women Ltd, Trinidad and Tobago
With Conflict Women Ltd, Mohammed is empowering victims of domestic violence by helping them earn a salary while creating handcrafted jewelry and art through the Butterfly Project. Each piece is sold with the survivor’s anonymous story and a portion of proceeds is used to provide her with a monthly income and free retraining.
Donnya Piggott, co-founder B-GLAD, Barbados
Donnya Piggott is a young activist who is dedicated to advocating on behalf of gays, lesbians, bi-sexual and transgender people in Barbados. In 2015, she was awarded Queen Elizabeth's Young Leaders Award for her activism in changing the lives of young people.