The Bureau of Gender Affairs is holding a number of activities to observe the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence which started on Monday, November 26.
On Thursday, November 29, the Bureau in collaboration with the University of the West Indies’ Institute for Gender and Development Studies, will host a showcase entitled: From Action to Art, in the Arts Lecture Theatre, Cave Hill Campus, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The event will use the performing arts as well as poetry and film to raise awareness about gender based violence.
The Bureau has also teamed up with the Ministry of Health for the Clothes Line and White Ribbon Campaign. The initiative, which targets men, encourages them to wear white ribbons to signify their abhorrence towards violence against women. It is also a pledge that the wearer of the ribbon would not engage in the act of violence against a woman.
Representatives will be stationed at polyclinics to distribute literature and white ribbons between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The dates for distribution at the respective polyclinics are: Monday, December 3, St. Philip Polyclinic, Six Roads; Tuesday, December 4, Glebe Polyclinic, St. George and Randall Philips Polyclinic, Christ Church; Wednesday, December 5, Edgar Cochrane Polyclinic, Wildey, St. Michael; Thursday, December 6, Winston Scott Polyclinic, Jemmotts Lane, St. Michael; and Friday, December 7, Brandford Taitt Polyclinic, Black Rock, St. Michael.
On Saturday, December 1, and Saturday, December 8, the Save Foundation will host Street Theatres at Haynesville, St. James, and Bush Hall, St. Michael, at 4:00 p.m.
There will also be a Wear Purple Day on Monday, December 3. Internationally, purple is the colour which represents a zero tolerance to violence against women. On that day, the Bureau is encouraging as many persons as possible to wear something purple to indicate their objection to violence against women and their solidarity with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence.
The National Organisation of Women has joined with the Bureau to hold a motorcade on Saturday, December 8, beginning at 9:00 a.m. It starts at Culloden Road, St. Michael, travels along Bayland, Dalkeith, Villa Road and Bonnetts in St. Michael to Rendevous, Oistins and Worthing in Christ Church, and returns to Culloden Road.
Later that day, at 4:00 p.m., there will be an initiative called Walk A Mile In Her Shoes, organised by the Young Women’s Christian Association. Participants will start at the General Post Office, Cheapside, The City, travel through Broad Street and finish at Independence Square.
The Women of Purpose Ministries and The Barbados Evangelical Association Women’s Commission will stage a production entitled: Gathering of Sistas – Soaring Above The Pain, at the White Park Wesleyan Holiness Church, St. Michael, on Monday, December 10, starting at 6:45 p.m.