St. Lucia to host domestic violence conference

St. Lucia to host domestic violence conference

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.


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  1. @JR I do not see women as weak or the weaker sex, on the contrary mentality most women that I know can withstand trials better than me. When i think of my loving mom and even my wife, but I will not allow my wife to protect the household if an intruder enters our home in the evening, in that sense they are the weaker sex!!


  2. The use of the term "PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT" is left up the reader as this is an open forum. I admire such a relationship between a husband and wife its says a lot about you and how you treat women with respect. That kind of relationship takes tons of effort. Which some take for granted or misuse. I don't see women as weak or as the weaker sex. I wish you would expand on the treatment of women being married and caring husband. Thanks for your input OYE.


  3. @JR I treat my wife as a delicate flower,so i figured all women should be treated the same. To me this not giving preferential treatment.DO YOU REALLY KNOW WHAT IS PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT?????????????


  4. Treat all women like delicate flowers? Preferential treatment to women does not give credit for all those who have thrived for equality. Why not just respect them all even when they are not aware of how they should be respected. When I hear of women interest groups and their agendas I often tune it out as it is only speaks of the plight of women in name. However their activities are far reaching in the community. Most of the women I grew up with have never had these issues "but act as if they have". Of the incidents I have witnessed and been told of they have been horrifying, perpetrated and perpetuated by both men & women. On the outside looking in you feel like you have all the answers but we all know that is far from it. On behalf those who feel trapped in these exploitive relationships I commend all agencies working towards providing assistance and the alleviation of the socio economic condition that hinder the lives of the mothers of out future generations.


  5. Women should be tenderly loved and respected, despite a man finding his girlfriend or wife cheating, either you stay or you leave that woman. Remember men we all came from a WOMAN!!!So treat all women like delicate flowers!!!


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