Caribbean organizations seek to stop gender-based violence in the region

Santo Domingo, (EFE).- Representatives of 12 civil society organizations from Caribbean countries have been participating since Wednesday in the II Summit on Gender-Based Violence, where they share their work experiences and seek solutions to this problem that in the region it is ‘structural’.

The event, organized by the Center for Orientation and Integral Research (COINS), seeks to promote collaboration between the partners of the United Caribbean project in the search for solutions to gender violence, which include establishing “public policies that help curb this phenomenon,” explained the representative of the aforementioned organization, Santos Rosario Ramírez.

In the Caribbean “there is a structural problem” that comes from a lack of training to prevent machismo from childhood, “there is no education focused on social change. It is an education that instills patriarchal values ​​and, if this dynamic is not revised, we will always have the same problem” indefinitely, he affirmed.

The forum intends to make a call so that “social organizations participate together with governments in the debate aimed at establishing inclusive policies”, since those that have been applied so far in the different countries “are not necessarily so”.

Caribbean organizations seek to stop gender-based violence in the region

It is sought that women “feel empowered, that they participate in decision-making”, that they acquire a higher level of leadership and be perceived as “an active subject” against the image of a “sexual object” that still persists, he indicated. .

Another of the objectives of this meeting is to advance in the elaboration of statistics and the obtaining of updated information on this phenomenon, essential tools to understand its dimension and support public policies for the eradication of violence against women.

Entities from Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Granada, Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, Haiti, Barbados, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia are represented at the meeting, which will continue this Thursday. , who will receive grants for a year to prevent this scourge.

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The project is funded by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and one of its missions is to strengthen partners’ ability to access funding.

Caribbean organizations seek to stop gender-based violence in the region
Caribbean organizations seek to stop gender-based violence in the region

According to data from the Gender Equality Observatory for Latin America and the Caribbean, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), at least 4,091 women were victims of femicide in 2020 in 26 countries (17 from Latin America and 9 from the Caribbean). .

The Dominican Republic reduced the femicide rate from 2.7 to 2.4 per 100,000 women from 2019 to 2020, but other territories for which data is available reveal increases, such as Granada, which rose from 1.9 to 5.5 per every 100,000 women; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, from 0 to 5.5; Suriname from 1.1 to 2.8; and Trinidad and Tobago from 2.9 to 3.1.

It should be noted that no country or territory in this English-speaking Caribbean subregion has criminalized femicide, an extreme and lethal form of gender-based violence.

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