Endometriosis is a disease that affects millions of women worldwide. It affects a woman’s job productivity, her family life and her social life.

In Jamaica the effects are not yet statistically known and this is what B.A.S.E hopes to change.

Better Awareness and Support for Endometriosis. No longer will women suffer in silence. No longer will their pain be misunderstood as just rites of passage. Women in Jamaica must and will be empowered to take charge of their health and their bodies. B.A.S.E will empower women to ask the right questions of their doctors, offer resources to support women with a disease process that takes a physical as well as an emotional toll.

I congratulate Shauna for this bold step born out of her own frightening experience with endometriosis. She could have kept silent but has chosen instead to bring awareness. She has chosen to stand up for other women and give them a voice and to let them know that in their suffering they do not stand alone.

We have all been cradled and nurtured within the womb of a mother. With endometriosis many women lose this privilege and this womb now causes great pain. Will we not stand to support our mothers, daughters, sisters and aunts? I therefore, invite individuals, groups and companies to support this worthy foundation. Our women are the pillars of our society and their health is of paramount importance

March is Endometriosis Awareness month but we must throughout the year remember to carry this banner forward until everyone in every parish, community and home is aware and the suffering of our women ceases.

We thank Her Excellency the Most Honourable Lady Allen for helping push the B.A.S.E. movement forward.