Five distinguished women media to be awarded by WLI Loop Jamaica

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The Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) is celebrating 20 years of service to Jamaica in its signature style of empowerment of women with a Forum and Awards ceremony recognising the accomplishments of five distinguished female media practitioners.

The event at the AC Marriott Hotel in Kingston on March 10 will have as its special guest, former United States Ambassador to Jamaica Sue McCort Cobb, who founded the WLI, a special committee of the United Way of Jamaica, with a vision of “building bridges for a better Jamaica”. 

Among those receiving WLI 20th Anniversary Awards of Excellence are Susan Simes, Media Entrepreneur, host of “ The Susan Show” on TVJ; Simone Clarke Cooper, Executive Producer, Host, “SIM Soul Sessions”, TVJ; Novia McDonald Whyte, Associate Editor, Lifestyle and Social Content, creator of Page 2 , Observer Food Awards and  “Take Style Out”, the Jamaica Observer; Dionne Jackson Miller, Producer/ Host, of “Beyond the Headlines” and  “All Angles” RJR  Gleaner Group and Kerlyn Brown, Broadcast Journalist, host of “Inspire Jamaica”, CVM TV.  All have been working in media for more than 20 years. 

The WLI has earned national respect and several awards for its flagship project at the Voluntary Organisation for the Upliftment of Children (VOUCH) where the WLI has funded a number of infrastructural improvements and provided educational tools including computers and equipment for special needs children. 

Its “Darkness to light” Programme has funded training in the prevention of child sexual abuse for hundreds of educators and employees of state agencies and facilitators from stakeholder agencies including infant and primary schools, who are now sharing their knowledge with their peers at the workplace and in the community at large.

Over 50 representatives of civic organisations, public and private sector support agencies and human rights advocacy groups have also been trained as authorized facilitators to deliver the training.

The WLI launched “Conversation with Boys” in 2018 with a focus on giving young boys a forum to discuss matters of concern to them including respect for women and girls, empathy for other students, avoiding and surviving cyberbullying and peer pressure and the pitfalls of drug and alcohol abuse.

The WLI has also hosted a mentorship programme which has provided scholarships to several young women a number of whom are now graduates of tertiary institutions, among them attorneys at law, financial analysts and public sector administrators.