New Workshop Aimed at Empowering Women


Honorable Gloria Shillingford

The Dominica Youth Environment Organization Inc., United Nations Entity for Gender Equality & Empowerment of Women and Pine Land Creative Workshop has made a collaborative effort to hold a two day workshop, to continue to examine various avenues that can contribute to assisting vulnerable female heads in households.

Mr. Rodney Grant of Pine Land Barbados said in his opening remarks, that there are ways that women can overcome economic challenges and poverty, namely by establishing businesses.

He stated that his organization is trying to push forward for businesses that have the capability of export potential, primarily because the Region individually has a small market base.

Chief Youth Development Officer Mr. John Roach applauded all three organizations for its efforts to the workshop.

He praised the women for taking the stand to being the backbone of society and said this effort to empower women is a worthy cause.

Mr. Roach said they try to create a balance by not training only women.

He supports the work of DYEO and will make resources available to businesses that are showing promise.

Rodney Grant

Mr. Rodney Grant of Pine, Land Barbados

Miss Paul a representative of the Registrar Commission of Cooperatives began by appraising women; this is what she had to say.

Honorable Gloria Shillingford, though under the weather made an effort to attend the first day workshop as she was the main initiator in the foundation of this workshop.

She stressed that the theme of economic empowerment struck her as a brilliant strategy to advance our common goals of the empowerment of women.

She said education is the corner stone of the empowerment process, so by creating an enabling forum for women to be educated on enterprise development through cooperatives we are starting off on the right foot.

Miss Shillingford observed that we should keep proper financial record, accountability, investor confidence, access to credit facilities and mainly sustainable growth for our business

She encouraged those present to be equipped for the important sessions of financial management on day two.




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