Press Release:– As the world gets ready to celebrate International Men’s Day tomorrow Thursday, efforts are being made in Saint Lucia to organize men’s groups to address the various issues confronting men in the country.
One such organization, the Men’s Empowerment Network (MEN) is being launched as a joint initiative by men’s groups of three churches, The Anglican, Methodist and Wesleyan Holiness churches.
However, the group will be non-denominational in character and will be open to men of all different persuasions.
The Network has already identified some of its intended areas of focus including men’s health issues, especially prostate cancer, parenting, men as role models, domestic violence, substance abuse, child maintenance and suicide.
Originally the Network had planned to mark its formal launching with a panel discussion tomorrow, but this had to be cancelled because of the rising incidents of the Coronavirus in the country that has prompted more stringent enforcement of protocols ordered by the government to control the spread.
The Men’s Empowerment Network plans to work alongside other like-minded groups, like one being spearheaded by Police Corporal Martin James, which is pursuing the establishment of a Men’s Resource Center on the island.
Both groups are currently in their embryonic stages of development and plan to make public presentations in the coming months.