WLI honours nine 'phenomenal women'

Thursday, March 12, 2015

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THE Women's Leadership Initiative (WLI) on Monday honoured nine "phenomenal women" for their contribution to Jamaica. The recognition followed Sunday's celebration of International Women's Day.

The awardees were Island Grill's Thalia Lyn, for her contribution to the Mustard Seed Community; Marjory Kennedy, for her contribution to foster care; Commander Antonette Wemyss-Gorman, for her work in the Jamaica Defence Force; Eleanor Jones, for her work in environment; Dr Mona Webber, for her outstanding contribution to marine biology; Dr Polly Bowes-Howell, for her work in education; Laura Facey-Cooper, for her outstanding work in the field of art; Ambassador Paola Amadei, head of delegation for the European Union to Jamaica; and Therese Turner-Jones, the country representative for the Inter-American Development Bank. Amadei was recognised for her contribution to social development while Turner-Jones was awarded for her work in economic development.

The women were awarded during an evening ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, in New Kingston, which was held under the theme 'Paying it Forward'.

Eva Lewis, chairman of the WLI, said that by honouring the nine, the organisation showed it was "uplifting all women because each of them represents the achievements of so many other unsung yet extraordinary women."

"We hope that this occasion inspires, encourages and motivates our women to go beyond the current imposed, and in some cases self-imposed, barriers, knowing that they are truly worthy and capable of achieving success," Lewis added.

She also noted that more could be gained if citizens would serve without expecting a reward.

"As citizens of the world, we all should do more without expecting an aid or reward. If we all simply just lean forward together we can make it happen. We can build strong, peaceful and prosperous communities founded on basic respect for all human rights," Lewis said.

-- Racquel Porter

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