Panel discussion held on the elimination of violence against women in our society
March 7, 2017: A multi-disciplinary approach is needed to address the violence in our society. This according to Jillian Bartlett-Alleyne, President of the National Union of Government. She signalled the Union’s intent to play its part in changing our violent culture and dealing with domestic violence issues on our Island. Mrs Bartlett-Alleyne was speaking at a panel discussion on the elimination of violence against women.
The Women’s Executive Council of the NUGFW in collaboration with the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development and other stakeholders hosted a panel discussion on the topic “Elimination of Violence against Women in our Society” at NUGFW’s Tobago Headquarters on Friday, 3rd March, 2017. This discussion was held as a means of sensitizing attendees on the issues of violence against women on our Island and empowering them to take an active stance against these issues. The attendees were 90% female and included representatives from the protective services, non-governmental organizations and the NUGFW.
The panel was moderated by Dr. Eastlyn Mc Kenzie and also had Mrs. Bartlett-Alleyne, Mrs. Suzette Woods-James – Acting Superintendent, Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, Mr. Nigel Phillip – Gender Officer, Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development, Ms. Onika Mars – Survivor and Founder of Sit and Chat (N.G.O) and Ms. Kamane Saman – People against Domestic Abuse (N.G.O).
Mrs. Bartlett-Alleyne expressed that “our culture has to change in order to change the violence in our society.” She added that “violence needs a multi-disciplinary approach” to deal with our perpetrators and victims and assured that “the NUGFW is willing to be the change that is needed in our country”. Mr. Phillip stressed that “the Government cannot deal with domestic violence alone” and called for everyone to play their part. He and Mrs. Woods-James also shared the different avenues available to assist victims of domestic violence. Ms. Mars and Ms. Saman appealed to the attendees’ emotions when they gave their personal experiences. They both urged all women being affected by domestic violence to stand up, get out, be empowered and move on.
This collaborative event is one of the ways the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development seeks to educate and empower women, particularly as we approach International Women’s Day, which is annually celebrated on 8th March, 2017. The theme for this year is “Be Bold for Change”.
Some members of the panel: From left, Mr. Nigel Phillip – Gender Officer, Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development, Mrs. Suzette Woods-James – Acting Superintendent, Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, Ms. Kamane Saman – People against Domestic Abuse (N.G.O) and Ms. Onika Mars – Survivor and Founder of Sit and Chat (N.G.O).
For futher information please contact:
The Communications Unit
Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development
Tobago House of Assembly
868-639-3395 Ext 7271/7272