Cayman joins fight to end gender violence

Cayman is standing alongside world partners in the fight to end violence against women, said Minister Anthony Eden.

And as part of the effort a 16 days Days of Activism against Gender Violence campaign has just begun here.

Co-ordinated locally by the Business and Professional Women’s Club, the campaign began 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs to 10 December, the International Day of Human Rights, Mr. Eden told Friday’s Cabinet press briefing.

The Women’s Resource Centre is also participating by holding activities including a workshop on ‘how to help a friend who is being abused’ and the Clothesline Project, which is being displayed at the George Town Hospital from 1 to 9 December, he said.

There are also other public education activities, a dress down day and candlelight vigil, he told the briefing.

‘We as a society need to recognise and reprimand all acts of violence aimed towards women, so I ask that the public help move this issue out from under the table and back into the public view, because admitting that there is a problem is the first step towards fixing it,’ said Mr. Eden.

Statistics show that one out of every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime, he told the briefing.