Our friend Titilayo at Gallimaufry blog has concluded her series of articles for the 16 Days of activism against gender violence.
A worthy read.
Here is the index page for the series (link here).
Filed under Barbados, Crime & Law, Island Life
Some powerful articles…and some also very damning (especially the one from The Bahamas). What’s the significance of the “16” days though…why 16?
16 is the number of days between International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25) and International Human Rights Days (December 10).
GBD…check the following site for the concept behind “16 days”. Will answer your question.
However, exerpt from first paragraph.
“Participants chose the dates, November 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women and December 10, International Human Rights Day, in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights. This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1, World AIDS Day, and December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.”
I wonder why MESA is so silent on domestic violence?
Sorry if this turns out to be a double post. To GodBlessDavid: 16 is the number of days between International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women (November 25) and International Human Rights Day (December 10).
Lady Anon & titilayo…thanks for sharing this info. I’d not been previously aware of the significance of the 16 days.
By the way, Lady Anon, I thought that Ralph Boyce of MESA did speak on domestic violence on at least one occaision. I remember he and Wilfred Abrahms talked about the fact that society in general is silent on female-on-male domestic violence! Clearly, there is no comparison between the numbers of women battered by the men in their lives when compared to the numbers of men battered by women…but nevertheless MESA has deigned to discuss the issue, even if superficially…
I agree that there was one such discussion, which focussed on female on male violence. Not to negate such violence, but there is a deafening silence on male on female violence. Additionally, I am not aware of any programmes developed by MESA in association/conjuction with any relevant authorities to address the male on female violence that has been running rampant in B’dos.
Violence of any sort should be addressed by all parties, and I believe that the “noise” which MESA made on the legislative imbalance (in favour of women over men) should be the same “noise” for domestic violence issues.
Lady Anon – I agree with you 100%
Did you all see the horrible picture on Caribvision news channel 110 of a young lady beheaded by her boyfriend in St Vincent?
Heard someone speaking to Admiral Nelson on CBC 900 from St Vincent this morning saying how it has shaken up the whole community and the man in question is showing no remorse.Sick,Sick,Sick.
Apparently she is to be buried tomorrow.
I can still see the horrific picture that was shown on T.V of that young girl’s head lying away from her body.
Men must be forced, if they will not listen,to accept that women are not their property,whether you buy dresses,shoes,a car or a house for them.
And note…none of the agencies in Barbados really say nothing other than superficial comments (sometimes not even that) when domestic violence ends in death in Barbados
Since the last post, once again another woman in Barbados has died as a result of gender violence. On January 10, 2007 a mother of seven children died at the QEH as a result of injuries allegedly inflicted by her husband on December 10, 2006. He is currently in custody.
I wonder who will denounce this action, MESA? Bureau for Gender Affairs? Anyone? Or will it just be a 1 inch note in the newspaper?
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