Amanda Faye Clarke
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 – The Saint Lucia Crisis Centre, through a
series of creative initiatives, will today begin sixteen days of activism
against gender-based violence on the island.
President of the Crisis Centre, Dahlia Francois, says this year's activities aim
to heighten the awareness of gender-based violence among the populace, and by
extension provide an opportunity for everyone to stand in solidarity with the
survivors and victims of such torture.
Some of this year's activities include a drums festival slated for Saturday,
November 28, a netball fiesta, and an HIV/AIDS workshop which will coincide with
Saint Lucia's observance of World AIDS Day.
The Saint Lucia Crisis Centre is one of five organizations in the Caribbean
region which secured a United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) grant
of US$4000.00 to support projects of activism against gender-based violence.
The 25th of November is White Ribbon Day, the United Nations International Day
for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The theme for this year is:
“Commit, Act, Demand—We Can End Violence Against Women”.