16-Day Campaign Against Gender-Based Violence Begins

November 25th begins Sixteen Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence – an observance spearheaded by the Gender Affairs Department of the Ministry of Community Development, Gender Affairs & Social Services.

The annual 16-day Campaign, a worldwide observance which begins on November 25th and ends on Human Rights Day, December 10th, aims to raise awareness of gender-based harm (which refers to violence against someone because of their gender) and to advocate for its elimination.

In speaking of the Campaign, Senior Gender Field Officer Mrs. Shinnel Charles, explained that gender-based violence is a matter of serious concern around the world as well as in the Federation, with one hundred and fifty-seven (157) cases of domestic violence reported locally in 2016, particularly against women. As activities are held worldwide, Mrs. Charles noted that their Department would also be hosting several events to sensitive the public on the issue over the next two weeks, under the theme Love Echoes Loud, as follows:

Schedule of Major Events
Sunday, November 24th
Church Service – Christian Life Assembly
Monday, November 25th
Statement by Honourable Minister Wendy Phipps
“From a Man’s Point of View” Radio Show – 7:30 pm (Freedom Fm)
Tuesday, November 26th
Day Workshop with Teens on Gender-Based Violence – Anglican Church Hall
Wednesday, November 27th
Panel Discussion on “Working for You” on the 16-Day Campaign – 1:30 pm (SKNIS)
Friday, November 29th
“Word on the Street” in Basseterre – 3:00 pm (ZIZ)
“Youth for Human Rights” March from Greenland’s – 9:30 am (with Youth Empowerment Department)
Tuesday, December 3rd
Pastors’ Panel Discussion/Open Forum on “Domestic Violence and Religion” – 6:00 pm
Anglican Church Hall
Wednesday, December 4th
“Youth Beat” Radio Show, featuring high school students discussing Youth Violence – 7:30 pm (Freedom FM)
Friday, December 6th
Wear Purple Day
Saturday, December 7th
“Inside the News” Radio Panel Discussion on the theme “Love Echoes Loud” – 11:00 am (Winn Fm)
Tuesday, December 10th
Human Rights Day/T-Shirt Day
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The public is asked to support all activities in recognition of the need to end Gender-Based Violence.

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