Growing Up As A Woman Is Rough in Jamaica- See How This Young Woman Does It

Jan 11, 2019
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Imani Wilmot is beautiful, talented and full of life but like many Jamaican women she faces the challenge of keeping her innocence or escaping violence because of her gender.

But how do we empower young Jamaican women to live a normal life, to enjoy their childhood or love themselves for who they are?

Well there is one young Jamaican woman who is bringing some positive changes through sports, no not track and field or netball-surfing.

Meet Imani Wilmot, an inspirational Jamaican surfer who uses the sport as a means of transforming the tough lives of the women around her, in Kingston and surrounding areas.

This short documentary by Real Stories, follows Imani as she share her story and the stories of young women who seek to take on the challenge of surfing in Jamaica.

Imani has harnessed the power of surfing to empower these women through training camps which bring women together to learn the mindful art of riding waves. This develops self-motivation, entrepreneurial spirit, respect for the environment and a deep sense of community. Globally,

She has taken it as her personal responsibility to empower Jamaican women to have access to surfing and see a place for themselves within the global surf industry.

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Who is Imani? carried a full length story about this young woman


They wrote.

Imani isn’t Steph Gilmore or Tyler Wright. She’s not going to be winning any world titles any time soon and she probably never will. But in my mind, she is doing something more important and just as badass. She has created a place where other women in Jamaica can learn to surf. She’s not focused solely on herself; she is focused on helping other girls find their own confidence on waves—and, as it follows, in life.

To find out more about Imani read the full story at Breaking Through Imani

Tisha Ricketts

Born and raised in Freeport Bahamas, I am a lover of Caribbean life and all things equal. I believe that someday, the Caribbean will come together as one nation

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