Don’t be a blind follower – lecturer to women

Rosie Felix addressing the DNCW AGM on Monday
Rosie Felix addressing the DNCW AGM on Monday

A lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Dominica State College is calling for Dominican women to be leaders and to lobby for the review of critical laws pertaining to women.

Nursing and Midwifery Lecturer, Rosie Felix, made the remarks during the 26th Annual General Meeting of the Dominica National Council of Women (DNCW) on Monday.

She told the gathering that they should be leaders so they can identify when they are being led down the wrong road or being taken for a ride.

“In other words don’t be a blind follower, have your head on and be ready to change from the clause of violence to one of safety and security,” she noted. “Lobby for the review of legislation to allow the prosecution of men who abuse women, as long as there is a witness other than the woman who doesn’t want to bring charges against a partner.”

Felix mentioned that it is common among Dominican women not to press charges against partners who batter them. “They will not consent to charges to be brought against their partner, not recognizing that intimate partner violence is not a private issue, it is a public health concern,” she stated.

She said that women should be empowered to take a stance against violence. “Women and girls need to be empowered to take a stand to stop violence against us. If we are praying and have ever prayed for an end to violence, then we need to help answer our own prayers. We can begin by empowering ourselves and our daughters,” she pointed out.

Felix added, “It is my belief that if we have no power to stop the crimes against women and girls, then our women liberation and ‘woman time’ efforts are ineffective. In other words if it is woman time, then let’s stop the crime.”

She also mentioned that women should educate themselves because “economic power is woman power. Do not let anyone talk you out of the need to work, instead cry out for jobs for women. Believe in yourself, believe you can succeed in something you are passionate about”.

Some of the women at the AGM
Some of the women at the AGM

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6 Comments

  1. Opinionated
    November 27, 2013

    Feminist rears its ugly head once again. We must speak about gender abuse and violence. Women abuse men just as much as men abuse women. This stress on violence against women must stop – down with feminism! Up with gender equity.

  2. lol
    November 27, 2013

    so give my friend no problem.

    you go girl! tell them. they doh even listening to the message. forgive them they know not what they say.

  3. Channel 1
    November 27, 2013

    How comes every time these women folk hold an AGM is something to do with women aspiring to be leaders dem always talking about? Is that the only thing pertaining to women they can deal with?

    I doesn’t hear men making such noise or fuss like dis….

    I always say that there is no such thing as gender ‘equality’. Rather, all these things are a disguise for the true aim of a cloaked entity out there ie female supremacy at all times in everything everywhere. After all, why aim for equality when you could try for supremacy eh……. 8-O 8-O

    And by de way, how comes I doesn’t hear cries for gender equality in establishments where there are more women working than men? Why do these cries for gender ‘equality’ only seem to surface in areas where there are greater levels of men involved/working instead of women?

    Also could someone explain to me what is this concept of woman time? I thought ‘the time’ was for everyone?

  4. Thor
    November 27, 2013

    Don’t be a blind follower, but u all voted skerrit, i really cannot understand why we have all these lectures and days and never practice what we preach

    • me
      November 27, 2013

      They talking about people like you who blindly following uwp despite the fact that DLP is clearly the best for the country.

      • Me too
        November 27, 2013

        So, we cannot have ANY discussion in Dominica without talking about Skerrit? All you obsessed, man? The lady there talking about women’s rights and all you there ‘Skerriting’ away! My, my, my

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