WLI Gives J$1M to United Way of Jamaica

Funds to Support Woman Inc Crisis Centre

Chorvelle Johnson (left), Chair of the Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) supported by some members of the organization present a cheque for J$1-M to Winsome Wilkins (right), CEO of United Way of Jamaica.  The Funds are designated for the Woman Inc Crisis Centre.


Kingston, Sept. 25, 2017: The Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) has donated J$1-M to the United Way of Jamaica (UWJ), designating the funds in support of the Woman Inc Crisis Centre. 

In making the donation, WLI Chair, Chorvelle Johnson said that “as an organization focused on improving the welfare of girls and women in Jamaica, the WLI is pleased to support the Woman Inc Crisis Centre which provides a safe haven for women who have been victims of domestic violence.”

The Centre which was founded in 1984 opens next month following refurbishment.  The WLI is a standing committee of the UWJ established by women to promote sisterhood, leadership and the advancement of women and girls while contributing to nation building.

Miss Johnson said that “unfortunately, the incidence of domestic violence seems to be on the rise in Jamaica and thankfully, the Crisis Centre allows women time away from their negative situations and counseling to help them recover.”

Noting that participants at a WLI International Women’s Day Forum last March decried the lack of such facilities, Ms. Johnson said: “The WLI hopes that with our support and contributions from other philanthropic individuals and companies the Woman Inc Crisis Centre will continue its very important work.”

She said the WLI continues to do its part to reduce the incidence of child sexual abuse in Jamaica with its annual series of “Darkness to Light” workshops which train caregivers, teachers, and parents on preventing, detecting and treating with child sexual abuse.

To date, the WLI programme has trained representatives from over 30 key stakeholder organizations to effectively deliver and implement the “7 Steps to Preventing Child Sexual Abuse”.  Another workshop will be held in November 2017.

Funding for WLI projects is provided through two sources:

Fundraising Ventures

Each year the group hosts two signature fundraising events at which local and international speakers are invited to share with the audiences on different issues.

    The two events are:
  • A luncheon, in May/June; and
  • A dinner in November/December

Sponsorship and Donations

    The WLI also receives sponsorship/donations from individuals, and organizations such as:
  • Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited (major sponsor in 2008)
  • Sagicor Bank (Previously Pan Caribbean) (major sponsor 2007)
  • JN Group (major sponsor 2006)
  • ICWI
  • Digicel
  • First Global Financial Services Limited
  • Caribbean Airlines
  • The Gleaner Company Ltd
  • The Jamaica Observer
  • The Sunday Herald
  • Jamaica Pegasus Hotel
  • J Wray & Nephew
  • Terra Nova Hotel
  • Scotiabank
  • Supreme Ventures
  • First Caribbean International Bank
  • University of Technology,Jamaica (UTech)
  • Jamaica Money Market Brokers