In efforts to create awareness on issues for women, the Bureau of Gender Affairs will join the rest of the world in celebrating International Women’s Day on Tuesday, March 8.
International Women’s Day is a world’s recognized and renowned day to celebrate women, those who have achieved and have been successful in different areas, whether it’s social, economic, political and entrepreneurial.
“The activity that is planned for International Women’s Day it’s not something that is very much tangible, it’s more about creating awareness…it’s more or less encouraging those who can really speak out on issues,” Acting Director of the Bureau of Gender Affairs, Kyra Paul said during a press briefing on Thursday. “It’s a day to reflect on what it means as a woman, to reflect on how we as individual women can shape society, it’s also a day to celebrate the phenomenal women who might be coming up in the future.”
She stated also that the day will be used to bring awareness on all of the inequalities that exist, “whether it is in the social arena, economic arena, political arena…”
“The day as we celebrate women we must also recognize that there are inequalities which exist and one of those is violence against women, the level of violence that women and young girls continue to experience,” she noted.
Paul mentioned that the response to violence against women has to be two-fold. “While you are also addressing the justice aspect as it relates to the victim, we also have to address the perpetrators themselves,” she said. “There should be no blaming for the victim or anything that should lend justification for the behaviour of someone who violates you, irrespective of whether your behaviour is questionable as to what society deems as appropriate or normal.”
A number of activities have been planned to form part of the day’s celebration.
“We will be joining hands with Digicel, Lifeline Ministries, Kairi FM and Dominica National Council of Women (DNCW) to pay tribute to women who have contributed to national development. We will be awarding a few women for the contribution to national development in various sectors,” Paul explained.
The activity will take place outside the Digicel Flagship Store in the centre of Roseau beginning with a red carpet affair from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm followed by an awards ceremony from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
Women are encouraged to wear something purple to join the campaign dubbed, “Da Women Rock Purple”.