Barbados’ domestic violence legislation will come under the microscope next week when the Bureau of Gender Affairs hosts a consultation for the legal profession, as well as non-governmental organisations working in that particular area.

It will be held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre next Wednesday, December 7, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Director of the Bureau, Patricia Hackett-Codrington, described the one-day meeting as timely, stating: "We will consult our stakeholders to identify specific gaps in the current legislation with a view to creating laws that relate to the reality of the survivor. For instance, the domestic violence definition has to be broadened and other aspects of the Act need to be looked at."

During the day, there will also be presentations from Dr. Halimah DeShong and Dr. Charmaine Crawford of the Institute of Gender and Development Studies and Resident Representative of UN Women, Roberta Clarke. The participants will also examine the CARICOM Secretariat’s draft legislation.

sharon.austingill-moore@barbados.gov.bb

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