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Contact: Julita Peter


Wednesday, November 25, 2009  –  The Department of Gender Relations through the Saint Lucia Crisis Centre has launched a sixteen-day campaign of activism against gender violence from November 25 to 10 December 10, as part of this year’s observance of International Day of Protest Against Violence Against Women.


Under the theme “Commit,  Act, Demand, We Can End Violence Against Women”, the campaign is dedicated to honouring groups and individuals who have  committed to bringing violence against women to the forefront of global attention.


“The Saint Lucia Crisis Centre is one of thirteen agencies from throughout  region  that  submitted proposals to UNIFEM, and our proposal was one of five that won four thousand United States dollars for activities.  There are three activities that we will be undertaking: a pan and drum festival on the Derek Walcott Square on  November 28, an education workshop under the theme, “Kicking out AIDS”–this  activity  is targeting schools in the south of the island and the third  is a netball fiesta at the Beausejour Indoor Facility on December 10,” said  Antonia Jean, the chairperson of the planning committee for the 16 days of activism against gender violence.


On Wednesday, the Department of Gender Relations held a remembrance ceremony to honour women and girls who died as a result of gender-based violence. The department will also be hosting a television panel discussion  on the topic” “Men Speaking Out Against Violence Against Women”.

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