Friday 22 June, 2018

Gender Ministry hosts free International Women’s Day Concert

Veteran dancehall entertainer Bounty Killer will be among the headline acts.

Veteran dancehall entertainer Bounty Killer will be among the headline acts.

Several of Jamaica’s leading entertainers will hit the stage on Thursday, March 8, in support of International Women’s Day.

Bounty Killer, I Octane, Tony Rebel, Leroy Sibbles, Judy Mowatt, Richie Stephens and Queen Ifrica are among the acts who will perform on the show.

The event, which will be held at the National Indoor Sports Centre is being staged by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport through the Bureau of Gender Affairs, in association with AIDS Healthcare Foundation Jamaica.

International Women’s Day is observed annually and the international theme for this year is “Press For Progress”. Campaigns have been launched in London, New York and other major cities to emphasise the occasion. Locally, the theme is “Empowering Women and Girls in Science, Technology and Business”.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange noted that the concert is not just a celebratory event in respect of International Women’s Day, but a national call to action to ensure faster and greater movement towards achieving gender equality. She said: “While we have made great strides and we have had good results, we cannot rest until we see that our young women and our ladies are treated fairly from the home to the boardroom.

“This concert features a number of leading male entertainers who have recognised the need for greater equality and we want all who attend to take a position that they will take a stand as women to push for their own advancement and as men to do something practical to ensure that the women in their lives are treated with greater respect and fairness.”

The concert which will run from 6 to 9 pm is free to the public.