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Gender based violence

Gender based violence
26 Nov

On Sunday Barbados joined other countries in the world to observe International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The day also signalled the start of the UN's 16 days of activism against gender based violence.

The campaign, #hearmetoo - eliminating violence against women was launched with a showcase of the artistic work of Barbadian youth through the conflict resolution programme 'Talk Sense'.

This seeks to reduce and prevent conflict escalating to violence.

The launch took place at the Barbados Museum and Historical Society.

Luis Maia, Head of Cooperation for the European Delegation to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and Caricom, said his delegation has an action plan to promote gender equality.

Representative of UN Women Caribbean multi-country office, Alison McLean says for too long, silence and stigma have allowed violence against women to escalate to pandemic proportions.

She stresses all women and girls have the right to be safe, equal and empowered.

Now Barbadian men have been also been observing 16 days of activism this month.

One of the highlights was the International Men's Day held on November 19th.

The events came to a close Sunday with a church service at the Ebenezer Revival Centre.

Chairman of the International Men's Committee, Hartley Dottin says International Men's Day highlights many aspects of the male experience.

The Thanksgiving Service was held in association with the Ministry of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs and Bureau of Gender Affairs.

Minister Cynthia Forde says she is proud of the progress the Barbadian male has made.

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