16 Days of activism launched in Dominica by UN Women Initiative

by: - November 27, 2018
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Child Advocate  Delia Cuffy Weekes

16 days of activism has been launched to reject violence against women and girls on the island.

The sixteen days of activism officially began on 25th November and will end on 10th December, 2018.

The program was organized and implemented by the UN Women Initiative and is being observed locally by different women organizations.

In an interview with Vibes News on Monday Child Rights Activist Delia Cuffy Weekes says the aim is to raise awareness on the issue of violence against women and children.

“The sixteen days of activism rejects violence against women and girls. It was something that was decided upon by the United Nations. During that time attention will be paid to the vulnerable groups within our society. These groups include but are not limited to women and children especially girls, and then also our marginal groups such as people living with HIV and AIDS and persons with disabilities,” Weekes stated.

She noted that during those 16 days, people are asked to look at what is going on around them in their society, “and see what they can do to alleviate the plight of these vulnerable groups of people.”

She went on to note that that they are aiming “to raise awareness and then the different groups of people will have their own activities planned to try to sensitize the general public to coming on board in making their lives better.”

Mrs. Cuffy Weekes highlighted some of the activities planned for the sixteen days of activism in Dominica.

Some of the activities include the DAPD’s annual Fundraising Dinner called Dinner in the Dark at the Garraway Hotel on the 1st of December, as well as triathlon organized by the National HIV/AIDS Response Program.

“There are other activities including visits to schools and other groups to sensitize people about the 16 days of activism. We aim to have audiences with policy makers to see what more tangible things can be done in to assist in that fight to end violence against women and girls,” Weekes further added.