Manhood is a journey. Men must be able to adapt dynamically as life evolves. This according to Dr. Alvin Hilaire, Governor of the Central Bank of Trinidad & Tobago during his feature address at the Bankers Association of Trinidad & Tobago 2nd Annual International Men’s Day celebration.
BATT’s theme this year was “Rising Above Gender Equality Dynamics”.
Dr. Hilaire further shared with the audience that manhood should be characterized by three action words- 1-listening- engaging in consistent awareness and being attentive; 2-feeling-men must not be afraid to express their emotions as emotions help you to connect with others and 3-doing-he called on men to be role models in their own right by practicing what they preach. In so doing, men can contribute more richly to Trinidad & Tobago and by extension the world. Making reference to Black Stalin’s song- “Nothing Comes Easy”, he advised men that whatever their chosen role, they must work hard and strive for excellence. He admitted that at times they may be faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges, but nothing meaningful comes without honest
effort and they have to keep on “jamming” in order to make things happen.
Dr. Hilaire was followed by three exciting panel discussions which had the audience alive and engaged. The topics were Relationship Break-up-Difficulty Letting Go; Income Disparity-“Women as bread-winners” and Health-Physical, Mental and Emotional Well-being. Drama Making A Difference, a drama group, did an excellent job at creating real life scenarios for each panel to use as a point of reference before the discussion. Dane Gulston and his two sons, Daniel and Denilson warmed the audience with three entertaining and infectious steel-pan performances.