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Scoring for Gender Equality

Schoolboys and male role models, such as Senior Policy Advisor Joel Francis & James Myles played side by side at Cayman's first International Men's Day Football Tournament and Expo which recently took place.

Held at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex, the event was hosted by the Department of Counselling Services' Family Resource Centre in partnership with the Department of Sports.

The football games offered competitive but fun interaction for the 80 men and boys who participated. The teams were named after their sponsors, Davenport Development, Hydes & Sons, Island Taste, Brooks & Brooks and Estella Scott Roberts Foundation. In the end the Estella Scott Roberts team proved victorious over a fierce championship game against Hydes & Sons. Nonetheless, every team had a great time and many bonded on and off the field.

Interactive booths from various companies and organizations displayed the services they provide for young men. Others offered information on how they could become involved in positive community activities. Local charities, such as Neighbourhood Moms, Feed Our Future and Save Our Youth used the opportunity to raise funds by seeking donations through awareness of their programmes. Track, Cricket and Basketball stars also got a chance to show their skill.

Event organizers expressed a heartfelt thanks to their other sponsors, Ogier, SaxonMG for their contributions and for making the event a success. The unique celebration was a perfect opportunity for men and boys to share quality time.

"In order to evolve to a place where gender equality is not an option, but a way of life, we have to support our men and boys - as well as our women and girls," commented Miriam Foster, Family Resource Centre Acting Programme Coordinator.

The participants and spectators showed gratitude, as well as anticipation of next year's event.

(GIS)

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