President of the Dominica National Council of Women (DNCW) Josephine Dublin-Prince has cited the significant number of abused children, the new face of perpetrators and transactional sex as some of the major concerns for her organization.
The DNCW held its annual general meeting on Monday morning under the theme “Women: Agents of Socio-Economic and Political Development.”
Dublin-Prince urged members of the public to assist in the eradication of discrimination and violence by reporting abuse cases and breaking the silence of abuse. “Victims should break the silence, call on women to be greater advocates, be an advocate by telling the truth, expose offenders,” she urged.
She added that the council will speak out against light sentences given to perpetrators of abuse and continue to call and talk about the education system.
She also felt the need for women to be more involved in politics and issues of national interest.
Also addressing the issue of violence at the meeting was minister of Social Services and Gender Affairs Gloria Shilllingford.
“Violence is a scourge to society and a burden to the government’s financial resources,” she said.
The DNCW is a partner in the 16 days of activism campaign against gender violence which runs from November 23 to December 10.