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'Girl Power' Rules Women's Week

Some of Grand Bahama’s most influential women teamed up for the first-ever GirlCon, designed to inspire and empower young women across the island. 

(Photos/Barefoot Marketing for BTC)

Some of Grand Bahama’s most influential women teamed up for the first-ever GirlCon, designed to inspire and empower young women across the island. (Photos/Barefoot Marketing for BTC)

Girl power was the central theme at the aptly named "GirlCon" conference designed to empower and inspire young women on Grand Bahama Island. The half-day conclave, which coincided with the national observance of Women's Week in the Bahamas, was open to 12th grade girls across the island, giving them access to some of the best and brightest female minds the country has to offer.

GirlCon 2017, the brainchild of Senator Kay Forbes Smith, showcased an all-female panel, including BTC Northern Vice President Eldri Ferguson Mackey, who shared their personal and collective stories of success and struggle with the nearly 200 young women in attendance. That panel discussion eventually gave way to a 'Girl Chat' question and answer segment which allowed the young participants to get answers to their specific questions ranging from how to overcome bullying, to identifying and pursuing one's passions.

"I've recently had the pleasure of speaking on several occasions about the influence and skill which women bring to the communications industry and the very important work that the women of team BTC continue to do locally, and so this partnership with the organisers of GirlCon was one which I felt really strongly about," said Mrs Ferguson-Mackey.

"Having the opportunity to speak with the girls during that panel discussion was a very enlightening experience, particularly against the backdrop of Women's Week, it was refreshing to hear these young women articulate their views on the world and how they hope to contribute to it, impact it and change it."

In commemoration of National Women's Week, Bahamian women from all sectors of society are being honoured with special events planned around the country to celebrate the achievements of women and sisterhood.

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