I Am A Girl Barbados
Commonwealth Point of Light 121. Alian Ollivierre
Alian Ollivierre, representing Barbados, is the founder of ‘I Am a Girl Barbados’, which mentors girls and young women who have experienced gender-based discrimination to become the leaders of tomorrow.
The organisation’s flagship programme ‘Reach One, Teach One’ encourages girls turning 18 to become mentors to other girls who have experienced similar social challenges, creating a community where they can feel safe and supported. Under Alian’s stewardship ‘I am a Girl Barbados’ has reached over 1,500 young people across Barbados and the Caribbean through motivational seminars, economic awareness workshops, dance and creative arts workshops, and innovative entrepreneurship classes.
Alian was presented with her award by Janet Douglas CMG, British High Commissioner in Barbados.
Janet Douglas said:
“It has given me great pleasure to present this Commonwealth Point of Light Award to Alian on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen. Through her work with I Am A Girl, Alian is making a positive difference to the life of vulnerable girls and young women in Barbados.”
“This is a great honour to be recognised for such a prestigious award, and I must say thank you on behalf of the entire team at I Am A Girl. We are not an anomaly but merely concerned and active citizens, who believe in utilising our skills and professional abilities for the good of humanity, in building preventive and supportive efforts, where feasible. Girls who face so many of these challenges are our heroes, and to truly lead and create positive shifts, we must all create an influential environment that builds back the community spirit lost.”