Dominica will join the rest of the world on Friday to bring about the awareness that gender-based violence should not be tolerated.
The observance which is called Sixteen Days of Activism to end all forms of violence against women was recognized by the United Nations in 1999.
President of the Dominica National Council of Women Josephine Dublin Prince said the platform is being used by women activists around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women and to advocate for women rights to live in equality.
Dublin-Prince Friday’s observance will also seek to recognize women who are currently in abusive relationships.
She said some Dominican women are being forced to remain in abusive relationships because of obligation.
“As we speak, some women are trapped because of domestic violence, because they refuse to break their silence, or they feel they cannot leave because of the children, or because the man is the bread winner or because they just feel trapped. We are wearing a lilac ribbon to remember those persons and we are saying break the silence and come out from this situation,” she said.