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Event which focuses on violence against women to be held soon

PRANA | 2012-11-28 00:00:00

On December 3, 2012, Prana and Women's Media Watch will be hosting Inspired Living: Women, Sexual Violence & Empowerment. The two-hour event is being held in commemoration of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW), which was on November 25 and continues for 16 days of activism that leads up to Human Rights Day on December 10. Featured guest speakers include Superintendent Gladys Brown, Donna Duncan-Scott, Dr. Veronica Salter and Nadine McNeil.

 Funds raised from the event will go towards assisting Women's Media Watch in their work on gender-based violence, which includes includes training in gender awareness and issues surrounding sexual harassment in the workplace, violence prevention initiatives, public education, media literacy training, and advocacy and lobbying for policy change.

 Event panelist Superintendent Gladys Brown, is featured frequently in local media exposing incidents of violence against women and children, and is a strong advocate for stricter laws against perpetrators. Brown has held the post of Commander of the Centre of Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) for over a year now.

 Donna Duncan-Scott is JMMB's Group Executive Director of Culture & Leadership Development and former CEO.  Duncan-Scott has been very vocal about her own experience of sexual violence, and has spoken on many public platforms about the topic.

 Dr. Veronica Salter, a Psychologist and Advocate, has worked for over 30 years with survivors of abuse (mostly women) and has offered her skills to various NGOs in Jamaica, working to empower victims to become survivors.

 Nadine McNeil is a Global Humanitarian, an avid yoga enthusiast and is known internationally for her commitment to using Yoga for development work and bringing communities together. McNeil has worked with the United Nations and other international agencies on some of the world's greatest disasters, leading units in Haiti, Indonesia and Africa, to name a few.

 According to Prana Director, Kinisha Correia, 'We want this event to be an outlet for women to break the silence and shame that surrounds victimization, because silence only helps in perpetuating the issue. We also want women to know that they can excel, achieve and be strong no matter what has happened to them. Some of our panelists are themselves survivors, and they have not allowed their circumstances to hinder them."  Prana is a small firm concentrating on event planning, communications and PR primarily for the areas of community development and wellness.

 Inspired Living: Women, Sexual Violence and Empowerment will be held on Monday, December 3, 2012 at the JAMPRO Conference Room from 6-8pm.

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