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Women of power inspire girls at Cross Keys High

Published:Saturday | April 15, 2017 | 12:12 AMTamara Bailey
Speaker Naomi Francis with two students during her presentation at the Cross Keys High School.
Speaker Gladys Brown-Ellis
The boys were not left out at the We inspire initiative targeting girls specifically at the Cross Keys High School recently.
CEO of We Inspire Women/Girls, Cortia Bingham, engaging a student at the Cross keys High School recently

Cross Keys, Manchester:

There is something about the relationship between a young girl and a mother or a big sister.

However, not every child is blessed with such a relationship and more often than not, needs a sense of belonging and affirmation.

It is with this in mind that the Organisation 'We Inspire Women/Girls', headed by Cortia Bingham, brought love to the girls and even some of the boys at Cross Keys High School in the parish.

With a line-up of three speakers, the aspiring young ladies were engaged and empowered to rise up and take on challenges and become the women the society needs.




Superintendent of Police, former head of the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) and attorney-at-law Gladys Brown-Ellis, in a spirited presentation, said:

"Sometimes people don't have good things to say about you, but you haffi fan dem off. Sometimes people look down on you, but we want to tell them that they cannot decide our future. We all have a purpose and your duty is to ensure that your dream comes through, to make sure your goal is reached."

Brown-Ellis, who recounted that she was verbally abused by her own mother, said one has to learn to shun negativity.

"We live in a society where, because we are poor and come from poor families, we have some people waa take step a we, but we are not going to tolerate any disrespect. You must make it, but you have to keep focused and stay out of bad company. You will accomplish what you want, even in broken pieces."

Ava Bigby-Edmond, manager of the FX Trader branches islandwide, gave her story of poverty to success, and all could attest to at least one episode of her life's journey.

Press secretary in the office of the Prime Minister, Naomi Francis, echoed her sentiments and encouraged the students to speak power over their lives, ensuring that they become productive for the nation.

The high school, known to be an underdog for years, is solidifying its place as one that will never back down, no matter how the challenges come.

"You are not limited to where you are today," said Bingham, as she, too, gave her heart-rending story of being physically abused by her father.

"Your greatest revenge is massive success. Success is a journey and this is your opportunity to keep going on your journey. I wish for you hope, some semblance of order and massive success," said Bingham.

It was truly a heartwarming and satisfying moment for coordinator and board chairman Claudine Heaven.

"We try our best to let them (girls) understand that education is important and focusing on goals is important, but it does not hurt to lift them up with stories of our own."

She added, "Very often you find that they look at us and they see you as successful because you put yourself together well; you speak relatively well and you drive. They don't understand that the same issues they are facing are the same set we faced as teenagers, but overcame."

Heaven is enthused about reaching the children at their level and helping to make them achieve greatness.