President of the Dominica National Council of Women (DNCW), Josephine Dublin-Prince, has come out swinging at local newspaper, The Chronicle, for publishing an article which she said was both ‘outrageous and misleading.’
In the article, published on November 30, entitled “Enemies within the DNCW” it is alleged that the organization has shunned from advocating for and on behalf of victims of gender based violence.
But according to Dublin-Prince, this is not true. “The DNCW take great offense at the editorial and article which to our minds was a strategy to increase sales and not really pointing to the many positive work DNCW continues to do. It is coated with many assumptions, allegations and untruths,” she wrote in a letter to The Chronicle. “The DNCW have never shunned from advocating for and on behalf of victims of Gender based violence.”
She pointed out that advocating on behalf of victims of gender based violence is the core of DNCW’s programme. “In every organization there will never be 100 percent agreement on anyone issue. This has to be respected. But it does not mean that there are enemies from within that organization,” Dublin-Prince said.
She said the DNCW has been involved in many programmes including the UN-financed Violence Against Women (WAW) project entitled “Sectoral Approach to Eradicating Gender-based Violence Against Women and Girls.”
“Seven organizations both Government and non government were engaged as partners focusing on several activities in an effort to ensure positive outcomes which will benefit the public and contribute towards best practice to deal with this inhumane act against women and girls,” Dublin-Prince noted. “One such strategy was an all boys and all male leaders workshop, discussion with the judiciary, engaging the media including the new Chronicle, talk on the block, engaging the policy and decision –makers. The popular wake up call 1& 2 were as a result of this project as this documentary exposes the demerits of spousal abuse and gender based violence. DNCW was very much at the centre of these activities.”
She went on to say that on October 16, DNCW received an award from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) “for its contribution to initiative in food security, women economic empowerment, agricultural development, future positive contribution to reduction in import of food which can be grown locally.”
Other activities the DNCW are involved in, according to Dublin-Prince include: a short stay family crisis programme, recognition of selected parents on Father’s and Mother’s Day for their contribution to their families, among others.
“Your skills in journalism would be better used to positively promote the need for such an organization as DNCW which after 26 years continue to champion the cause and for being an advocate for women and their families,” Dublin-Prince wrote.