A Call For Peace
Officials from The Bureau of Gender Affairs are alarmed by the sudden rise in the number of sexual abuse and violence-related cases in Dominica. This was revealed following recent statistical reports which came to the forefront as Dominica joins the Rest of the world In Observing ‘International Day to Reject Violence against Women, today, November 25th, 2010. The Bureau of Gender Affairs collaborated with The Ministry of Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs to officially launch the sixteen day activism to end gender violence at The Fort Young Hotel earlier today as part of the day’s observance. Director of The Bureau of Gender Affairs, Miss Rosie Browne said that the theme chosen to celebrate the day is ‘Unite To End Violence: A Call For Peace’.
The Bureau of Gender Affairs is describing the sixteen-day activism as a great step in promoting the awareness towards building a violent-free society. President of The Dominica National Council of Women (DNCW) Mrs. Josephine Dublin-Prince said that the issue at hand, which is basically a developmental issue should be discussed and addressed at Parliament.
The Minister of Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs, Honorable Gloria Shillingford said that The Government of Dominica is doing its best to curb violence in the country through Law Enforcement and further data collection.
A number of partners were commended for their efforts in the campaign against violence. Among them was our very own Nelly Stharre, who is spearheading the awareness campaign in Dominica through song.
The sixteen day activism will end on December 10th, 2010 which has been declared as ‘International Human Rights Day’ by the United Nations.