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The Sixteen Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which began on Monday and will continue until December 10, will be observed in Barbados by a number of activities organized by civil society organizations.

It is a worldwide campaign to oppose violence against women and children and to raise awareness of the negative impact of abuse in an effort to eradicate it permanently. This year, the United Nations campaign is focusing on the theme Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 27, the public is invited to a screening of the documentary The Bystander Moment – Transforming Rape Culture at its Root. The screening, organized by the Soroptimist International of Barbados, takes place at the Soroptimist Village, Eden Lodge, St, Michael, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

On Sunday, December 1, the Soroptimist International of Barbados will join with the Soroptimist International of Jamestown to host a candlelight vigil at the Good Shepherd Church, Fitts Village, St. James, from 5:00 p.m.

The Business and Professional Women’s Club, in collaboration with Hibiscus Health, has organized a panel discussion on the topic Let’s Talk Trauma. 

The discussion, which will explore trauma and its effects across the lifespan, takes place on Thursday, December 5.  It will be held at the Moot Court, University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The panellists will include Dr. Rhonda Hutson, emergency physician, Mona, Jamaica; Amber Kelly, Professor of Social Work, Quinnipiac University, Connecticut; and Dr. Listy Thomas, emergency physician and professor, Quinnipiac University, Connecticut.

There will be another panel discussion on Thursday, December 5, at the Mount Zion Mission Incorporated, Rock Dundo, St. James; this time on the topic Unborn Justice: A Conversation on Abortion.  The event, organized by the Mount Zion Missions Incorporated, begins at 7:00 p.m.

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On Friday, December 6, the theatre play Scars Beneath The Sun will be staged at Combermere School Hall, Waterford, St. Michael, at 6:30 p.m.  This event is organized by the National Organization of Women, in collaboration with the Caribbean Development Bank.

On Saturday, December 7, a walk and rally are planned. Participants will gather in Queen’s Park at 9:00 a.m. and walk to Heroes Square, Bridgetown, for a rally, which will feature music and speeches.  This activity, organized by the Barbados Mothers’ Union, runs until 4:00 p.m.

There will also be a workshop on that date with the theme Trauma Informed Care.  The workshop, organized by the Business and Professional Women’s Club and Hibiscus Health, takes place at the 3Ws Oval, UWI, Cave Hill Campus, and will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

On Monday, December 9, Is Domestic Violence An Epidemic? will be the theme of a discussion at the Cave Hill Wesleyan Holiness Worship Centre, Cave Hill, St. Michael.  The discussion, which will be led by former Chief Community Development Officer, Patricia Hackett-Codrington, begins at 7:00 p.m.

The final activity, an interactive workshop for secondary school students, which will examine gender-based violence and gender-related issues, will take place in the Lecture Theatre, 1st Floor, Warrens Office Complex, St. Michael, on Tuesday, December 10.

Organized by the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, the CARICOM Youth Ambassadors and the Bureau of Gender Affairs, the workshop will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


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