Cane Grove women in empowerment programme
Guyana Chronicle – April 14, 2008
SOME of the women of the Cane Grove community have formed a group aimed at advocating their empowerment.
To this end, they met in a workshop last Thursday at the Irene Madray Recreational, Arts and Resources Centre in Cane Grove, Mahaica.
The women’s group, comprising mainly housewives and single parents, discussed various issues relating to women empowerment and equality.
Founder of the centre, Dianne Madray, who facilitated the workshop, explained that after listening to the mothers of some of the children who use the centre, she recognised the need for such a group in the community.
Madray explained that one of main aims of the group is to bring together women to share ideas, experiences and concerns, and to help them empower each other.
She noted that the women have problems and need to talk to someone and become involved in economic and recreational activities.
Madray emphasised that it is important for women in today’s society to empower themselves through promoting self-esteem, self-confidence and personal growth.
According to Madray, resources, opportunities and exposure for women living in small communities are hardly ever there.
The Irene Madray Centre, which was opened last August, basically provides resources for underprivileged children to learn and gives them tools to develop skills.
The centre is involved in several programmes, including arts and crafts, computers, and lectures on various topics, and now parents are becoming involved.
Madray is the founder of the Alfred and Irene Madray (AIM) International Foundation for Children, a non- profit organisation based in the United States, with a mission to develop programmes throughout Guyana and other Third World countries, with emphasis on learning in a creative way.
I never thought this centre was going to bring about all of this…Cane Grove is going to be a model for other communities,” she said.