Welcome to our vibrant community, where exciting events and meaningful meetings take center stage! We take pride in curating a diverse range of gatherings that cater to various interests and inspire connections among individuals from all walks of life.
Our calendar is brimming with captivating events that are designed to ignite your passion and expand your horizons. From thought-provoking conferences that bring together industry leaders and innovators to enlightening workshops where you can hone your skills, there is something for everyone. We believe in the power of shared experiences and aim to create a platform that fosters collaboration, learning, and growth.
Exciting news! The International Mango Festival is just around the corner on July 1st, 2023 We encourage all past and present NRWPTT members to mark their calendars and join us for this delightful celebration.
Recently Our National Expert for WSA Gia Gaspard Taylor and Youth Representative Angelina Ali, attended the WSA Futurise Digital 2023 Global Congress in Puebla Mexico, from May 30th to June 3rd, 2023
On May 26th, 2023, we launched our WSA national site as a call for Young innovators and nominations began
The Every Girl Wins International Institute held its annual event on March 13th, 2023 to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to their communities, particularly in improving the lives of women and girls. This year, the ceremony also recognized men who have consistently supported women’s organizations. Trinidad and Tobago’s awardees were celebrated at the Office of the Prime Minister, Gender Affairs Division. The Permanent Secretary, Mr. Vijay Gangerpersad, praised the awardees and encouraged the men present to continue supporting gender equity and equality.
On the 8th of March 2023, NRWPTT Communications Director Peggy Lynch (extreme right) attended and represented the Network at the International Womens Day 2023 Digital Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality. The “She Trades” event held by the Ministry of Trade and partnering organizations like Export TT, ITC, UTC, and others, was a resounding success. The Minister of Trade and Investment Paula Gopie Scoon was the lead speaker. A virtual greeting from the President of the ITC, and a lively panel discussion were the highlights.
The Network Team members were delighted to inform to have been invited to attend the Interclub Tea Party on March 5th, 2023 at the Trinidad Hilton. This event holds special significance as it marks the beginning of International Women’s Month 2023. The highlight was the Auction of a huge painting done by talented Artists at Careera Prison, and the valuable sum of 11.2k was raised. To continue the momentous occasion, the first female Commissioner addressed the attendees.
On February 25th, 2023, the Network of Rural Women Producers Trinidad & Tobago (NRWPTT) organized a training workshop focused on creating gourmet bread and putting a unique twist on a local favorite dish using locally sourced ingredients such as cassava and sweet potato.
During the workshop, participants had the opportunity to learn and enhance their baking skills, exploring innovative techniques and recipes to create gourmet bread varieties. Additionally, the workshop introduced an exciting twist on a beloved local dish, incorporating the flavors and nutritional benefits of cassava and sweet potato into the recipe.
Our delegation represented NRWPTT with great pride at the Accra, Ghana Mango Festival on November 23rd & 24th 2022. They showcased the exceptional talent, knowledge, and dedication of our rural women producers. We had the opportunity to connect with mango growers, producers, and enthusiasts from around the world, exchanging ideas, experiences, and best practices.
Congratulations to the four exceptional women who were awarded for their outstanding contributions to rural development. In a special ceremony held in Moruga on October 15th, 2022, we had the privilege of presenting these well-deserved accolades. The event was graced by Chief designate Eric Lewis, our gracious host, and attended by Gia Gaspard Taylor, the President of the Network of Rural Women Producers Trinidad & Tobago (NRWPTT).
The awards served as recognition for the dedication and hard work displayed by these remarkable women in advancing rural development initiatives. Their tireless efforts have made a significant impact on the lives of individuals and communities in our region.
Furthermore, alongside the award ceremony, we launched a backpack initiative aimed at supporting the education and well-being of children in rural areas. This initiative reflects our commitment to holistic development, ensuring that young minds have the necessary resources and support to thrive academically and beyond. It is also a part of the 16 days of activism during this month of October.
We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Angelina Syndi Ali for receiving the prestigious 2022 Youth Leadership Role Model Award in October 2022. Angelina, a remarkable young lady, has been actively involved with the Network of Rural Women Producers Trinidad & Tobago (NRWPTT) and has made significant contributions to our organization.
The National Awards 2022 ceremony held in Trinidad and Tobago on Republic Day at the National Academy for the Performing Arts was a momentous occasion, celebrating the outstanding service and achievements of 63 exceptional citizens. Among the esteemed recipients was our very own President, Gia Gaspard Taylor, who was honored with a prestigious Gold National Award in recognition of her remarkable contributions to the empowerment of rural women in Trinidad & Tobago.
Gia Gaspard Taylor’s unwavering dedication and tireless efforts in uplifting rural women have made a lasting impact on our community. Her leadership and commitment to promoting gender equality and sustainable development have been recognized and acknowledged on this momentous occasion.
We are immensely proud of Gia Gaspard Taylor’s well-deserved achievement. Her vision, passion, and relentless pursuit of empowering rural women have inspired countless individuals and have paved the way for positive change in our society.NRWPTT
The NRWPT in collaboration with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia, and MEPA hosted CSW66 (66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women) on March 17th, 2022. The event was hosted by Gia Gaspard Taylor and featured speakers Ruth Spencer, a development economist, and Kate Wilson. The theme of the event was “Women’s Involvement and Participation in Decision Making: Critical to Safeguarding of People and Nature.”
Orange the World Initiatives 2022
The UNiTE campaign has designated the 25th of each month as “Orange Day” to raise awareness and take action to end violence against women and girls. This global initiative encourages people to wear orange and actively participate in efforts to prevent and eliminate violence in various settings. Orange Day aims to create a future free from violence and emphasizes the need for ongoing action beyond the designated International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Together, we can unite in orange and work towards a world where violence against women and girls is no longer tolerated.UN Women
In collaboration with the Police Youth Clubs of Trinidad and Tobago throughout the year 2022 these initiatives were done.
September 29th, 2022 Spotlight Initiative Event
On June 27th, 2022, the University of the West Indies (UWI) hosted a mini mango festival in collaboration with the University of South Carolina. This event provided another opportunity to showcase the versatility of mango and other local herbs and produce. It was a delightful and educational experience, highlighting the cultural significance and culinary potential of mangoes and local produce.
UN WOMEN CARIBBEAN – JUNE 2022
On April 22nd, 2022, the Network of Rural Women Producers Trinidad & Tobago (NRWPTT) successfully launched the Farmer 2 Farmer event in collaboration with the Community Oriented Police Section (COPS) and Police Youth Clubs. This collaborative effort aimed to foster community engagement, empower rural farmers, and promote sustainable agricultural practices.
The event, held at the Whiteland police youth club, brought together a diverse group of farmers, police personnel, and youth club members. It served as a platform to exchange knowledge, share experiences, and build meaningful connections within the farming community.
Overall, the event was a resounding success, paving the way for a brighter future in Trinidad & Tobago’s agricultural landscape.
On October 14th, 2021 we celebrated International Rural Women’s Day. This special occasion was held at the Eco Truffles Spa, where we honored and recognized our esteemed awardees for their outstanding contributions and achievements.
We celebrated Lauralee Bazzard, who was awarded for her Excellence in Graphics and Digital Print Media. Lauralee’s talent and expertise have made a significant impact in the field, showcasing the power of creativity and innovation.
Additionally, we recognized Giselle Granger for her remarkable accomplishments through One Family Farm and Giselle’s Homemade Delicacies. Giselle’s dedication to sustainable farming practices and her delicious homemade products have not only enriched our local community but also served as an inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs.
The Spotlight Initiative was launched at the Community Relations Unit, Riverside Plaza, Port of Spain on March 24th, 2021. The Spotlight Initiative is a global partnership between the United Nations and the European Union aimed at eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls.
Orange the World Initiatives 2020
In December 2020, an Orange Day event was held in Palo Seco as part of the 16 Days of Activism campaign. The event aimed to raise awareness about gender-based violence and empower women in agriculture. It was organized by the Network of Rural Women Producers and took place at the Point Fortin and Siparia Police Youth Clubs. Sarg. Jacee Small represented the Community Police Secretariat. The event included workshops, discussions, and activities to promote dialogue and action against violence against women.
The initiative to train students, parents, and community leaders in basic computer skills in the rural communities of Princess Town and Palo Seco in December 2020. Providing computer skills training can be incredibly valuable, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic when digital literacy has become increasingly important.
By equipping individuals with computer skills, you can empower them to adapt to the changing technological landscape, access online resources, and participate in remote learning or work opportunities. This initiative has the potential to enhance digital inclusion and bridge the digital divide in these communities.
“We All Need to Get Involved with Technology” Took place in November 2020. This class aims to encourage adults to engage with technology and acquire the necessary skills to navigate the digital world. In today’s technologically-driven society, becoming comfortable and proficient with technology is essential for personal and professional growth.
Seventeen Days of Activism for UN Women is an important annual campaign that aims to raise awareness and promote action toward achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment. During this period, various activities, events, and discussions are organized worldwide to address critical issues faced by women and advocate for their rights.
One significant event that took place during this campaign was the Beijing + 25 Virtual Town Hall Meeting, held on October 19th, 2020. This meeting provided an opportunity to assess the progress made since the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, where the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action were adopted.
On October 6, 2019, the official launch of our project in collaboration with the Community Police Secretariat took place. The event marked the beginning of an important initiative aimed at addressing and preventing gender-based violence, specifically targeting the issue of violence against women and girls.
On August 12, 2019, the world observed International Youth Day, a day dedicated to celebrating the contributions and potential of young people worldwide. On this significant occasion, a three-day workshop titled “Eye in Me” was organized, specifically designed for girls between the ages of 12 to 17. The workshop aimed to address important topics related to sex and sexuality, focusing on empowering girls with knowledge about their bodies, the law, and their rights.
11-22 March 2019 TTPS Contingent at the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 63). The priority theme was: ‘Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls’. The review theme was: ‘Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development’.