Mediathon Shines Light on Women


By: Jaide

linternation_women's_day_logo.jpgObserved since the early 1900's, International Women's Day emerged at a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

From 1908 when great unrest and critical debate was occurring amongst women, women's oppression and inequality was spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change.

Today, while much has evolved with significant change in attitudes; inequalities remain. Unfortunately, the fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women's education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.


At the same time it is important to recognize the great strides made by women over the years and make use of the awareness raising around International Women's Day, to glean more information on the status of women and pay tribute to women everywhere.


Recognized as a blessing everywhere and deserving like treatment, "The Woman" will be celebrated at the March 9th staging of an All Female Charity Concert & Mediathon to be held at the Courtleigh Auditorium formerly Island Cineplex. Under the theme, "Financing for Gender Equality," all proceeds will go towards aiding the Women's Centre Foundation of Jamaica, located at 42 Trafalgar Road, where over 35,000 pregnant teenagers have built strong skills and become career professionals, over its 30 years in existence.


Hosted by The Ministry of Information, Youth, Sports and Culture with responsibility for women's / gender affairs in collaboration with the Bureau of Women's Affairs, the event will highlight female artists in dancehall and reggae. It is slated to be a complete and dynamic cultural showcase of music and dance. As a charity fundraiser, the entire show will be broadcast live on television and radio, with volunteers and celebrity guests stationed on site to accept pledges by phone.


Veteran event planner, Ronnie Burke and Production/Promotions Experts Solid Agency, have confirmed many heavyweights like: Marcia Griffiths, Etana, Brick & Lace, Queen Ifrica, Judy Mowatt, Tesanne Chin, Carlene Davis, Nadine Sutherland, Cecile, Gem Myers, Sophia Brown, D Angel, Carol Gonzalez, M'Lonie, Cherine Anderson, Cherry Natural, LaCadco Dancers and many morel who have showed an interest in participating.


Admission is free for those taking in the show live. The phone lines will be open for pledges from 1:00pm. Current sponsors are: Television Jamaica (TVJ), Cable & Wireless Jamaica and CPTC.