(CMR) The Department of Counselling Service’s (DCS) Family Resource Centre (FRC) will be promoting gender equality in its Honouring Women Month (HWM) celebrations in March.
This year’s theme, ‘#ChoosetoChallenge' will provoke thoughts on challenging inequalities regardless of gender or age.
“We all have a crucial part to play in shaping our communities. In order to change inequality where it exists, we need to first challenge it. Celebrating women’s achievements and promoting gender equity are proactive ways of encouraging a fairer, more balanced society and is central to what HWM stands for,” FRC’s Programmes Coordinator, Charmaine Miller said.
She said this year's theme was adapted from the one chosen for International Women's Day.
“We can all choose to call out gender bias and inequality. It reflects the times we are living in, where the need for critical thinking and to challenge negative behaviors as they relate to gender dynamics have never been more important,” Miller added.
Family Resource Centre will be hosting several participant-focused events throughout the month.
“Our calendar is broad enough for everyone to find multiple events they will enjoy taking part in. We strongly encourage women and men, boys and girls, to get involved in HWM and in doing so pledge to play their part in helping forging a better world,” Miller added.
This year’s fundraising focus will be geared to maintaining and promoting the FRC’s Young Parents Services (YPS), organizers of the event said.
YPS supports parents between the ages of 13 and 25 who may experience many barriers to success, including poverty, unemployment, lack of transportation, childcare, health care, and an inability to access professional development and education.
FRC aims to continue to support clients by providing monthly stipends to meet basic needs, educational sponsorships, childcare sponsorship, transportation support, and vouchers to allow these families to achieve their potential.
DCS Director, Judith Seymour, said, “HWM is a useful opportunity to reinforce the fact that everyone has a role to play in forging a more gender-balanced world, while recognizing the personal and collective responsibility we share in advocating for and encouraging inclusive mind-sets and tangible action.”
Seymour said with the FRC team's hard work and with the community's enthusiasm, HWM offerings get “more ambitious annually.”
For this year’s HWM calendar, FRC encouraged people to email [email protected], call 949-0006, or visit www.frc.gov.ky. People can also follow frccayman on Instagram and FamilyResourceCentre on Facebook.