The Ministry of Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs together with the Bureau of Gender Affairs have organized what has been described as ’16 days of activism’ in order to raise awareness of gender-based violence in Dominica.

The event, which runs from November 23 to December 10, is being held under the theme “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World; Let’s Challenge Discrimination and End Violence Today.”

Speaking at the launch on Friday Permanent Secretary for Social Services Community Development and Gender Affairs, Esther Thomas, said it aims to raise awareness of gender-based violence among the populace. “One of the main objectives of the campaign is to raise awareness about gender based violence as a human rights issue at the local and national level,” she said.

Various organisations such as the Dominica Association of People with Disabilities, Planned Parenthood, National H.I.V Response Unit and the Dominica National Council of Women will also participate in the campaign by hosting various activities related to gender violence.

Dominicans are being asked to wear purple ribbons to support the cause.