THE National Women’s League of the PNM has condemned all forms of violence – physical, mental, financial or otherwise – against women.
In a message as it joined with the rest of the world in commemorating International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, the league said it stands in solidarity with all victims of abuse and domestic violence. It also unequivocally condemned and denounced the actions of the perpetrators and advocated that they face the full brunt of the law.
In a statement, the league’s PRO Lisa Morris-Julian observed that from global reports, it seems that domestic violence has spiralled upwards during the covid 19 pandemic, so much so that it is now being described as a “shadow pandemic” by the United Nations.
She said TT has not been spared this devastating worldwide trend but noted government has taken decisive steps to deal with this scourge.
Denouncing abuse and violence by perpetrators, the league recommended that the approach to reducing gender-based violence, especially in the time of covid19, must not only be an individual response but a community one “where community members must see themselves as watchdogs against such horrifying behaviour. Our communities must be advocates for change and we all must stand in solidarity with all the women and men who have had to endure this.”
Morris-Julian recognised the efforts of the Office of the Prime Minister (Gender and Child Affairs) and its collaborative relationship with the UN Women to launch its 16 Days, 16 Powerful Speakers Series in observance of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence. The series will end on December 10.