Karlene Bramwell awarded for Honouring Women Month efforts

| 14/04/2019
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Karlene Bramwell with her award (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

(CNS Local Life): An annual award named for an East End women’s rights activist has been presented to Karlene Bramwell of the Gender Affairs Unit under the Ministry of Community Affairs. Bramwell, a senior policy analyst in the unit, received the 2019 Wendy Quinland Award during an Honouring Women Month (HWM) reception at Government House held earlier this month.

On presenting the award, Charmaine Miller, the Family Resource Centre (FRC) Programme Coordinator, said, “Karlene went over and beyond with assisting on the planning of the Honouring Women Month luncheon by ensuring that the relevant stakeholders who had a vested interest in advancing gender equality shared their input and perspective on this year’s observance.”

Miller added that Bramwell also in participated in various radio interviews and promoted the many events held during March through various media to ensure success , a press release said.

Bramwell said of her award, “I was shocked and genuinely surprised at being presented with this award; however, I am most humbled and honoured to be given this award in this 20th year anniversary of HWM.”

She added, “I knew Wendy as a community development officer, and personally. She is a person who I admired, and therefore to be recognised by my peers in the field for keeping her spirit alive through my own work and contributions is really heart-warming.

“I am tremendously grateful to FRC for this award and will certainly cherish it.”

In addition, Bramwell noted that the award had added meaning for her due to her long association with the FRC, which started in 1999 when it was known as the Women’s Resource Centre.

“Advocating for people in general, working for social justice, bringing awareness and promoting action for gender equality has been a theme throughout both my personal life and my career; so being involved in campaigns and events like Honouring Women Month, or any other movement that benefits humanity, is a natural fit for me,” Bramwell said.

André Ebanks, Deputy Chief Officer in the ministry, added, “As an eyewitness to Karlene’s sterling efforts on a daily basis, particularly during HWM, this comes as absolutely no surprise to me.

“It is fitting recognition of the powerful passion and perseverance she brings to her work. Thank you FRC for publicly recognising Karlene’s contributions and for coordinating a successful 20th anniversary of HWM.”

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