Monday, 23 September 2013

NEWS & NOTES: PM Portia Simpson-Miller to be inducted into IWF Hall of Fame

On October 18, Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller be inducted into the International Women's Forum (IWF) Hall of Fame. Past honorees include Dr. Maya Angelou, Madeline Albright and Nancy Pelosi. The event is set to take place in Vancouver, Canada. 

"I'm hoping it doesn't stop me from doing what I'm doing," says Dr. Erna Brodber of taking up the offer as writer-in-residence at UWI Mona this academic year. Brodber is also working on African-American African-Jamaican Relations 1782-1944. "It's based on my own political position that as Blacks of the Diaspora, we have a lot to gain by being together. I want to point out the nature of the accommodation that we have put together and the nature of the contacts that we have made." Nothing's Mat, a novel for which she is seeking a publisher, explores her "fascination with African fractals." 

The International Women's Forum will debut a branch in Trinidad next month, shares Jamaica's Pat Ramsay (left, with Deedee Corradini, honoring Rita Marley (centre), who is heading off to the Harvard Leadership Initiative in January. As for her mentorship programme, she says, "All is going well. Ten of the mentees have received tickets to attend the upcoming Leaders to Leaders Conference at the Jamaica Pegasus."

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