The conference room of the Solid Waste Management Corporation, saw an impressive turn out of participants attending the first ever ‘Let’s Talk Menopause’ presentation and discussion organized by the Business and Professional Women’s Club of St. Kitts. The general public were invited to the presentation which took place on Thursday 15th November, to hear the accomplished Dr. Keriise Manchester, OB/GYN explain and discuss what Menopause is, the symptoms and impact on women’s lives and that of their family and also to provide recommendations and tips used to manage the symptoms.

The presentation was followed by engaging questions and discussion by the approximately eighty (80) persons attending the presentation.  The participants came away with a better understanding of what to prepare for, and in some instances what they were currently going through and how to better manage the process. There was also information shared on specific medical conditions and the changes that might occur due to Menopause. One of the observations made was that there was a need for more men attending these types of conferences so that they could better understand the symptoms and some of the changes that their female partners undergo just prior to, during and after menopause and to better understand some of the things they can do to assist in managing the process. The BPW Club of St. Kitts expects to hold similar engagements in the near future.

The Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Club of St. Kitts is an affiliate member of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women, one of the most influential networks of business and professional women with affiliates in 95 countries in five (5) continents and with Consultative Status at United Nations. The overarching aims of BPW are (i) To develop professional and leadership potential for all women at all levels; and (ii) Equal participation of women and men in power and decision-making roles. Since its inception in 1975, the club has contributed significantly to the advancement of women in society and has had many sterling accomplishments in promoting women’s issues and empowering women in our Federation.