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