Abuse cases concern DNCW

Vanya David is president of the DNCW
Vanya David is president of the DNCW

President of the Dominica National Council of Women (DNCW), Vanya David, has said between 2013 and November 2014 statistics shows that there were “too many abuse cases” in Dominica, noting that only one case “is one to much.”

She was speaking at the 27th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the DNCW held at the National Development Foundation of Dominica (NDFD) conference room on Monday.

According to her there were 33 reported cases of female abuse “which gives us 89 percent of our cases and for male which is 10 percent of our cases.”

The cases were: 21 physical, psychological abuse (57 percent); nine finanical and emotional abuse (24 percent); four sexual and emotional abuse (10 percent) and “three others including everything; so we looking at eight percent.”

She noted the the council has successfully implemented and complimented a two-year programme called Gender Equality, Food Security and Sustainable Development from 2012-2014, which focused on the growing of sorrel and onion by the Agricultural Women’s Movement of the North and North East.

The program is said to be ongoing and the council is now looking at another phase of this project.

David also highlighted a number of events that occurred in 2014 to uplift the status and well-being of women in Dominica.

“The DNCW Held 14 monthly Executive meetings since the last AGM, to discuss matters pertaining the development of the projects and management of DNCW office,” she stated.

She said she was pleased to announce that DNCW came in second out of the four countries which did a gender, equality and food security sustainable development project with Jamaica coming first.

Despite the many activities the council was involved in last year, the DNCW still faces challenges, she said.

“We are still struggling to remain functioning in any capacity,” David stated. “We appeal to each and every one and all of you here to contribute something, anything whether cash and kind, in other to keep an organization which has the best interest of women and Dominica on a whole to have the work of the country going.”

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  1. Patsy
    March 31, 2015

    Confusing statistics…..stupes……

  2. Malgraysa
    March 31, 2015

    And here we have Hon. Daniel exhorting our women to focus on the positive things in life and not the negatives. Do you want us to sweep these issues under the carpet Hon. Minister and pretend that everything is rosy, pretend that these things do not exist and suffer in silence just so you can make the government look good? No, we must acknowledge that we have problems and address them head on, bare them and feel positive in resolving them. That is what we must do rather than continue to live in a make-believe society!

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