PRESS RELEASE – Hon. Alvina Reynolds, Minister for Health, Wellness, Human Services & Gender Relations, will deliver the feature address at the Second OECS Roundtable and Validation Conference on Evaluating National Initiatives and Producing Comparative Data on Violence Against Women for the OECS States as part of a two-year project implemented by the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the Organization of American States (OAS).
Minister Reynolds is also Saint Lucia’s Principal Delegate to the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM). The Conference is one of the activities to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Convention to Prevent, Punish and Eradicate Violence against Women. Bay Gardens Hotel is the host venue for conference which will run from September 23rd to 24th, 2014.
Funding for this project came primarily from the government of Chile with further assistance from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname.
Project Coordinator, Yasmin Solitahe Odlum, Specialist for the Caribbean at the CIM developed this research project to review the initiatives of state agencies and civil society from 2002, and the status of implementation of national policies and plans on violence against women in the six (6) OAS member states of the OECS, who are party to the Convention: Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia.
National and sub-regional assessments have been conducted by CIM Consultant, Professor Emeritus, Dr. Elsie Le Franc with assistance from Senor Researcher, Dr. Caroline Allen intended to enable OECS policymakers to better identify and address gaps in processes used and progress made in addressing violence against women.
The Division of Gender Relations partnered with the CIM to host this Conference and participants will include a broad range of technical stakeholders engaged in work to address Violence against Women (VAW) and Gender-based Violence (GBV) from the public sector, academia and civil society from the six (6) OECS member states.
At the Second OECS Conference, a Roundtable will also be held to discuss an emerging topic of Gender-Based Violence: Men as Perpetrators and Victims. Dr. Peter Weller, Chair of The Caribbean Male Action Network (CariMAN), will present on the topic.