Message from the Caribbean Family Planning Affiliation in Observance of the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women Inbox

November 25th marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and kicks off 16 days of activism to stop gender-based violence (GBV).

The Caribbean Family Planning Affiliation (CFPA) joins the rest of the world in calling for governments to take urgent action to ensure discriminatory laws and practices are rejected, and to implement policies and mechanisms to enable women to access justice, support and the necessary tools to combat this horror that plagues their lives, families and the entire region.

Violence against women remains a pervasive and far too often a fatal phenomenon across the Caribbean with severe consequences for women and children, LGBTIQ persons and also negatively impacting men.

The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated this violence, especially with lockdown measures and loss of livelihood, leaving women and children more vulnerable. In these times women and children live under the threats of these two pandemics and carry heavy burdens of pain, anxiety, depression and fear.

The Caribbean Family Planning Affiliation has a high priority on the safety and wellbeing of women and vulnerable populations.

Ending gender based violence and reproductive injustices are key steps in transforming the lives of women and girls.

Today, we join with women and girls who cry out from the anguish of Gender Based Violence (GBV), calling on our governments to ensure that critical gender considerations are central to Covid-19 planning, and that the safety and wellbeing of women and children are not compromised.

Let us shine a light on the GBV pandemic as well with a renewed sense of urgency to galvanise community, national and regional action in ensuring that women and girls are assured of a life free of violence, and are free to fully exercise their sexual and reproductive rights.

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4 Comments

  1. click here
    November 25, 2020

    what about violence against men which is usually laughed at like it is a huge joke. YEs it does happen where men and young boys are abused and manipulated by women. What will be done to ensure that women and young girls are trained/ taught to physically respect men, because not just because we are bigger and stronger physically that women should be allowed to physically hit and abuse us. or psychologically/mentally abuse and manipulate us.

    If a man runs from his house in fear for his life, naked and afraid, the neighborhood will erupt in laughter. Let it happen to a woman, the police will surely be involved. Too much emphasis being put on woman woman woman. Empowerment until infinity. Look in most offices, women is the majority. Most classroom, woman is the majority, look in all banks, woman is the majority of workers. Meanwhile our young boys have fallen by the wayside in all aspects.

  2. Nkrumah Kwame
    November 25, 2020

    Our call should not discriminate, it should be to end violence. Against humans, animals and the environment.
    HOTEP!

  3. Nkrumah Kwame
    November 25, 2020

    Our call must not discriminate. It should be a call to end all violence. Against humans, animals and the environment.
    HOTEP!

  4. Look and learn
    November 25, 2020

    Why must the homosexual agenda always be pushed? Stop promoting this homosexual lifestyle by masking it under the guise of “we want to do something about violence against women” by doing so you then in turn tell women that without the gay agenda being pushed we cant do anything about your trubles.

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