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PNP Women’s Movement 2017 Annual Conference to Honour Portia Simpson Miller, Host U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters as Keynote Speaker

PNP Women’s Movement 2017 Annual Conference to Honour Portia Simpson Miller, Host U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters as Keynote Speaker

KINGSTON, Jamaica. July 11, 2017 – The People’s National Party (PNP) Women’s Movement today announced that it will be honouring the Hon. Portia Simpson Miller at a high-profile staging of their upcoming Annual Conference. Fiery, fearless advocate and viral sensation, U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who will be accompanying her husband on a visit to the island, has been confirmed as the event’s Keynote speaker and will address the theme “Be Bold for Change; Empowering Women in Politics.”

The Conference will be held at the Jamaica Conference Centre, Downtown Kingston on Sunday July 16, 2016. The political, gender-focused forum is the PNP’s largest event for women, attracting over 1000 attendees who come together to discuss national gender equality, how to empower women in politics and for individual professional development.

Mrs. Simpson Miller will receive a special Women in Politics Award for her decades of service to the PNP and to Jamaica.

Keynote speaker Maxine Waters is a 14-term politician known for her sharp unrelenting criticism and strident opposition to policies that do not support the development of her constituents. Waters has emerged a favoured politician among millennials who call her “Auntie Maxine” to celebrate her outspoken and relatable style.

“We are thrilled to honour Comrade Simpson Miller and engage Congresswoman Waters and other bold inspiring women at this year’s conference,” said Jennifer Edwards, President of the Women’s Movement. “These women are activists, innovators and leaders in the political arena. Their experience challenges us to do more with our collective voice and to dare to say what we believe even if it unpopular!”

“What Jamaica needs is fearless leadership and political will! We the women of the party and the women of Jamaica need empowerment to speak up for change. That is the focus of this year’s Conference.”

The People’s National Party Women’s Movement is a movement of female activists and one of the foremost voices on issues affecting women and girls in Jamaica. In recent times, they have advocated for the removal of Danville Walker from state bodies following his conviction for breaching the Contractor Generals Act, spoken out against the killing of women, and lobbied for changes to the Sexual Offences Act including raising the age of consent and changing the definition of rape (and marital rape).