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Manchester women urged to empower themselves

Published:Saturday | March 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Tim Watson of the Consumer Affairs Commission (left) was happy to share information with Jamalco's corporate services and government affairs manager Leo Lambert (centre) and managing director Jerome Maxwell at an empowerment fair for women held in Farm, Manchester, on International Women's Day. - Photo by George Henry

FARM, Manchester:

One hundred and fifty women from Farm and surrounding communities in south Manchester were encouraged to acquire knowledge and use information to empower themselves during an empowerment fair at the Farm Community Centre on Monday.

The encouragement came from Jerome Maxwell, managing director at Jamalco.

Jamalco organised the fair under the theme 'Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities, Progress for All'.

Social renewal

Maxwell said that while only 15 per cent of Jamalco's employees were women, he wished it were 50, because women could do almost any job, once they had the training, exposure and opportunity.

He impressed on the females that women were represented in every department at Jamalco and encouraged the attendees to believe in themselves and make use of the information at the fair to improve the quality of their lives.

Manager of Corporate Services and Government Affairs, Leo Lambert, said the fair was part of Jamalco's community development strategy which focuses on five areas. These he highlighted as capacity building, alternative economic opportunities, social renewal, volunteerism and sponsorship.

The empowerment fair included displays from 10 government and non-governmental agencies.

Commenting on the fair, Glenda Williams, a resident of Farm, said the event was valuable because there was a lot of previously unknown information available. She thanked Jamalco for organising the event.

Some of the participating agencies included the HEART Trust/NTA, the National Housing Trust, the Ministry of Social Security, the Bureau of Women's Affairs, the Consumer Affairs Commission, the Social Development Commission, the National Insurance Scheme, the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning, the Dispute Resolution Foundation and the National Council on Drug Abuse.

- George Henry