On Saturday March 11th 2017, sixty mentors and mentees from Saint Lucia joined women leaders around the world as they participated in the Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk. This was part of a global movement to inspire a rising generation of young women leaders through mentorship.
130 Mentoring Walks, totaling of 7,000 participants, took place in 62 countries including; Nigeria, India, Egypt, Peru, UK, South Africa, Canada and USA, in commemoration of International Women’s Day.
This non-profit global event was made possible through the kind sponsorship of The Beacon, 1st National Bank, Financial Investment & Consultancy Services Ltd. (FICS), St. Lucia Electricity Services (LUCELEC), Elks City of Castries Co-operative Credit Union, Massy Stores Supermarket and donations by Blue Waters and Saint Lucia Fish Marketing Corporation.
The Global Mentoring Walk brought together professional and business women to engage in conversation with their less experienced counterparts as they discuss their professional challenges, their goal and successes thus establishing a mentoring relationships. Mentors comprised business and professional women representing, the financial, creative, public relations & media, education, skills training, business consultancy and spiritual communities.
Moving forward, it is our intention that these mentoring relationships continue and the opportunities presented will be beneficial to both parties. We will continue to register, based on demand, persons who want to serve as Mentors and Mentees. Although this is an annual event we are also planning to host one or two activities in the next couple of months leading up to next year’s event.
It was Saint Lucia’s third year participating in the global event, organized by local Flagbearer Celestial Self Development Centre, a duly registered Company in Saint Lucia that provides services as Business Consultants and Soft Skills Training. Our Managing Director, is a Vital Voices Fellow.
We want to express our gratitude for the generosity of all our Sponsors, Mediazone Productions for coverage, and our mentors and mentees who came and showed their support for the initiative. After this year’s success we are already thinking how we can make it even better next year and hope that more business and professional women will find the time to participate, and see it as an excellent opportunity to “Pay it Forward”.
The walk was included in the programme of activities to mark International Women’s Day 2017 by the Division of Gender Relations, Saint Lucia. We were joined by, Girls of a Feather and Life In Leggings: Caribbean Alliance Against Gender-based Violence as they did their Feminine Solidarity March, and also CYPAN – (Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network) as their showed their support by volunteering and registering their members.
International Women’s Day was observed on Wednesday 8th March 2017, under the theme “Be Bold For Change”.