Some of the attendees from the 2010 Bridge Event that was held on the Casuarina Bridge
The Bahamas - On March 8th, women, men, and
children from Freeport, Grand Bahama Island are set to make history by joining
together on the Garden of the Groves’ Labyrinth and Bridge to mark the 100th
anniversary of International Women’s Day.
We will be calling for an end of violence against women in war-torn
countries across the world, including Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic
of the Congo, two of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman.
Last year over 20,000 people took
part in the first ever global Join Me on the Bridge campaign
events including in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kosovo,
Canada, the United States and The Bahamas. In 2011, hundreds more events, with
thousands more people are being planned.
The global campaign is being
organised by Women for Women International
charity that helps women in areas of conflict to rebuild their lives, with a
coalition that includes Amnesty International, the Fawcett Society, Oxfam and
Women’s Aid, CARE, Global Changemakers at the British Council, U8, Save the
Children, the White Ribbon Alliance and the Women’s Institute.
The concept is simple; women, men
and children whether it’s 3, 300, 3000 or more can join together on a bridge
near them and hold up banners asking for an end to violence against women in
war-torn countries and for them to have better representation at the peace
local event in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island will be a
gathering on the Grand Bahama Labyrinth at the Garden of the Groves Tuesday,
March 8th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm where attendees will celebrate with music,
refreshments, joining on the bridge and signing the peace banner in the
beautiful surroundings of the Garden.
McInnes, Freeport, GBI, Event Organiser and Women for Women International
“On this 100th
anniversary of International Women’s Day, we can celebrate the wonderful
changes that have taken place since 100 years ago when brave women stood up and
changed the world for many of us. However, there is still much to be done,
including bringing an end to violence against women in areas of conflict and
helping them have a greater say in the peace process. These are things we
should work towards every day of the year, not just on International Women’s