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A Voice for Social Equality

NationNews | 11-12-2012

For more than five years, Patrice Daniel has been advocating social equality and the empowerment of other people. A clinical mental health counsellor, the 28-year-old has done a significant amount of work to educate others about gender issues and sexual and reproductive rights.

Patrice’s job requires her to conduct personal development sessions with secondary school students “who might need extra support”, assisting them with building their self-esteem and self-efficacy and learning to better manage their anger. However, Patrice is also a youth network coordinator for the International Planned Parenthood Federation which is the parent organi­zation for family planning associations in the Western Hemisphere.

And as she told the SUNDAY SUN in a recent interview, she still finds the time to volunteer with the Barbados Family Planning Association.

“I also do sexual and reproductive health training with the ministries. I’m a resource person, so I go to some of the ministries and Government departments and do sessions on topics relating to sexual and reproductive health . . . ,” she said.

And if this were not enough to show that she has special interest in empowerment and awareness, the former Queen’s College student is also the co-founder and manager of Walking Into Walls, a social media campaign aimed at raising awareness of gender-based violence in the Caribbean.

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