Women’s contribution to emancipation struggle must be recognised

Women’s contribution to emancipation struggle must be recognised

MARCH 1, 2013 Georgetown, Gina, February 28, 2013

Women’s contribution to emancipation struggle must be recognised – Professor Verene Shepherd

 The Caribbean was urged to take action to honour women who contributed significantly to the fight for emancipation yet still remain unknown for the most part.

Speaking at the third in the series of commemorative lectures to mark the 250th anniversary of the 1763 Slave Rebellion, Professor Verene Shepherd, urged a correction of this lack of recognition and make history compulsory in all schools.

Professor Shepherd from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica said, “A Guyanese woman, Cecile Nobrega inspired the first public monument to a black woman in England, but we are not focusing on our own deficiencies in the area of symbolic decolonisation, and one of the reasons there’s no groundswell is that we don’t know who they are.”   

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Also check out Cecile Nobrega’s Bronze Woman:

The Bronze Woman – by Cecile Nobrega

The Bronze Woman statue in Stockwell, London In the south London town of Stockwell at the Stockwell Memorial Gardens  is a 10-foot bronze sculpture of a woman holding a child. It is the first public statue of a black woman in England. The Bronze Woman  was unveiled on October 8, 2008 (see BBC story).

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  • francis jackson  On May 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Good historical information by Pro Shepard; however, Aunt Maleni 1834 of Victoria Village was left out of the historical count of women. Information from the T.R. Jackson vault of Toronto, Canada. She stopped the plantation overseers from flooding the crops in the village; she later died.

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