Our final activity for the year takes place in October when Minister Manickchand travels to Cambridge as our guest and honored speaker at Lesley during Domestic Violence recognition month. During her visit Minister Manickchand will have the opportunity to meet with students and faculty and share her efforts in preventing violence against women and children in Guyana. She will observe how the arts can be included in changing societal practices and in healing.
We are excited that our initiative has gained such great momentum and support at its infancy. Our vision that we can create a template to change societal behavior, specifically violence against women and children and gender inequality, has attracted significant attention across the Guyanese diaspora. While the arts are being used in over 70 countries by various organizations to treat a range of social ills, nowhere has a template been created to replicate successful results. By creating a model program we seek to contribute to more equitable, peaceable and sustainable communities for women, children and families .