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Third annual 'Join me on the Bridge' in Freeport, Grand Bahama, is a great success
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 15:43

Attendees joining on the bridge. (Photo Courtesy of David Mackey / Mackey Media Ltd.) FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- On Thursday, 8th March 2012, to mark International Women’s Day, over 50 women, men and children from Freeport joined together to celebrate the strengths and achievements of women, standing united with people from all over the world who were gathering on bridges to demonstrate they can build the bridges of peace and equality for all.

The Garden of the Groves was the host venue, and the Grand Bahama Labyrinth, Bridge and Garden Cafe were the backdrop for the festivities as attendees listened to speeches and music performed by violinist Julia LeBlanc, enjoyed an art show by the women of the Grand Bahama Artist Association, and walked the bridge and signed the peace banner with messages of peace and hope.

Lynette McInnes, local event organizer, spoke about the history of the event and highlighted international women’s issues. “As unpleasant as it may be to hear about these issues it is important to be aware of them, because awareness is the first step to creating change.” And she stressed that, “We each have the power to make great change.”

Signing the peace banner. (Photo Courtesy of David Mackey / Mackey Media Ltd.) Speaking about local women’s issues in The Bahamas was Sarah Kirkby. “There are still many issues facing Bahamian women today, we do not have equality in passing on our citizenship and we need real laws to protect our sisters from being raped in their homes.” Though she would have liked to have seen more Bahamian women attend, she noted, “it’s great to see so many men here supporting us and I look forward to this event growing more each year.”

Standing on the Labyrinth, Angelika Christie read a special message and prayer written for the event by Barbara Chester, founder of the Grand Bahama Labyrinth. “How beautiful if today everyone gathered here on this Sacred Path would forge to strengthen the bond with sisters everywhere, including Mother Earth herself. ”

The event was organized by Lynette McInnes, representing Women for Women International www.womenforwomen.org, an international charity helping women in war-torn countries to rebuild their lives through education, financial and emotional support, jobs and business training.

Attendees chat after the event with local FNM candidate for East Grand Bahama, Peter Turnquest. (Photo Courtesy of David Mackey / Mackey Media Ltd.) You can still get involved in the Join Me on the Bridge Campaign 2012, you can go online and write your own message of peace http://joinmeonthebridge.org/page/messages-of-peace

Event sponsors included: Women for Women International, Garden of the Groves, The Garden Cafe, The Grand Bahama Labyrinth, Grand Bahama Artist Association, Michael David Winery of Lodi, California, pluriDEAL International, Bahama Islands Info, and The Bahamas Weekly.

Photo 1: Attendees joining on the bridge. (Photo courtesy of David Mackey / Mackey Media Ltd.)

Photo 2: Signing the peace banner. (Photo courtesy of David Mackey / Mackey Media Ltd.)

Photo 3: Attendees chat after the event with local FNM candidate for East Grand Bahama, Peter Turnquest. (Photo courtesy of David Mackey / Mackey Media Ltd.)


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