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Antiguan Journalist Heading to U.S. for Reporting Tour on Women's Empowerment

Antiguan journalist Anika Kentish will be heading to the United States at the end of this month for a reporting tour on Women's Empowerment and Combating Domestic Abuse organized by the U.S. State Department's Foreign Press Center.

Ms. Kentish, a reporter for the Antigua Observer newspaper, newswire correspondent and host of radio show Observer AM, will join 10 other journalists from the Caribbean in visiting Washington, D.C and Atlanta, Georgia for the 7 day reporting tour.

The program, which begins on February 26, will see Ms. Kentish covering the opening of the 2nd Annual World Conference of Women's Shelters in Washington D.C. While in the U.S. capital, she will also visit a number federal agencies working on women's issues such as the White House Council on Women and Girls, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and USAID's Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.

The Atlanta portion of the tour will focus on the work of non-governmental organizations such as Dress for Success and Girl Scouts of America.

Embassy Bridgetown's Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Ms. Rachael Zaspel said that Ms. Kentish's nomination to the program is a continuation of the Embassy's work with local and regional partners in the Caribbean to combat domestic violence.

“This tour has been created specifically for the Caribbean because we recognize what an essential ally the local media is in our work against domestic violence." said Ms. Zaspel.