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4th Annual “Join me on the Bridge” to be held Friday in Grand Bahama
By Sarah Kirkby
Mar 7, 2013 - 2:15:35 PM

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The 2012 gathering in celebration of International Women's Day Photo: Mackey Media Ltd.

Grand Bahama, The Bahamas - On 8 March, women, men and children from Freeport, Grand Bahama, will be joining together at the Garden of the Groves to celebrate International Women's Day as they walk across the Bridge in solidarity with others from around the world who believe in peace and equality for all.

“Join me on the Bridge” is one of the biggest women’s rights campaigns in the world. What started as a gathering of Rwandan and Congolese women on a bridge connecting their two countries, showing that women could build bridges of peace and hope for the future, has sparked what is today a massive global movement. Last year people joined together on all seven continents on over 400 bridges in 60 Countries, including bridges in Afghanistan, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Canada, the United States and The Bahamas.

Women for Women International, a charity that helps women in areas of conflict to rebuild their lives, originally orchestrated the global campaign.

The concept is simple: women, men and children, whether it’s 3 or 3,000 or more, can join together on a bridge near them to celebrate and show support for women.

Lynette McInnes, who has organised the Grand Bahama event since its inception in 2010, says, “By joining me on the bridge on March 8th, you will be standing in solidarity with women, men and children from all over the world who are celebrating the achievements of generations of women before us while shining a spotlight on the issues still facing women here in The Bahamas and around the world. I’m hoping that you take time out of your day to stand with us. Will you join me on the Bridge?”

Pictured is Lynette McInnes, who has organised the Grand Bahama "Join me on the Bridge" event since its inception in 2010. Photo: Mackey Media Ltd

The fourth annual event in Freeport will be a social gathering on the Grand Bahama Labyrinth at the Garden of the Groves Friday, March 8th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, where attendees will celebrate with art, music, refreshments, signing the peace banner and joining on the bridge in the beautiful surroundings of the Garden.

New additions to this year’s event include an essay competition for Grand Bahama High School girls, and a group dinner at The Garden Café directly following the event at 7pm.

To RSVP for the event and/or the Group Dinner, please contact the event organiser, Lynette McInnes at FreeportBridge@gmail.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ events/520454201322337/?fref= ts

Last year attendee's signed the banner of support for Annual “Join me on the Bridge” event in Freeport. Photo: Mackey Media Ltd.

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