Days against gender abuse begin

The Women’s Resource Centre and other government and non-government entities will join the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender Abuse campaign that is spearheaded by the local Business and Professional Women’s Club.

This international campaign, which runs until 10 December, is intended to raise awareness of gender abuse and how it affects individuals, families and communities.

‘We are pleased to participate in the 16 Days campaign with the BPWC, and many other organisations in the community,’ said WRC Director Tammy Ebanks Bishop.

‘Gender abuse is an issue that directly and indirectly affects each and every one of us; the only way we can strengthen our social fabric is by confronting this issue in a collective, multifaceted manner.’

During the campaign, the WRC will display the Clothesline Project and offer several domestic abuse-related information sessions. These events will take place in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, states a press release.

The Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project allows both male and female survivors of any form of violence, anyone who has experienced or witnessed violence at home as a child or their supporters to publicly express their feelings about violence by designing a T-shirt.

‘The Clothesline Project helps participants to air their feelings about past wrongs done to them, and it allows observers to recognise abuse in ways and forms that they may not have previously seen – perhaps even in their own lives,’ said WRC Programme Officer Lisa Hurlstone.

The T-shirt collection will be displayed around the Government Administration Building to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism during from today to 10 December period.

The Clothesline Project is also supported by the National Gallery and its art outreach programmes, which cater to high-risk young persons and incarcerated individuals.

Two information sessions also will be offered to the public during the campaign. The Department of Counselling Services’ family therapist, Ms Susan Schlosser, along with the WRC’s counsellor/educational facilitator, Mrs Cindy Blekaitis, will lead the What Is a Healthy Family? workshop from 5.30pm to 7pm today at the Department of Counselling Services, West Wind Building, third floor, block B.

How to Help a Friend Who Is Abused will help participants to interact sensitively with persons who are currently suffering from domestic abuse. This information session, which will take place from 5.30pm to 6.30pm on 30 November at the WRC office in Elizabethan Square, will be facilitated by Mrs Blekaitis.

The campaign will then move to Cayman Brac on 8 December, when WRC staff visit Cayman Brac High School students to talk about Attitudes towards Violence in Our Community.

On Saturday, 9 December, from 10am-noon, Mrs. Blekaitis will lead an information session titled How to Help a Friend Who Is Abused at Cayman Brac Heritage House. During this session, staff from the Royal Cayman Islands Police, Department of Children and Family Services, and Department of Counselling Services in Cayman Brac will be available to discuss services provided on the Brac.

After the session, Cayman Brac residents will have the opportunity to make T-shirts for the Clothesline Project. A sample will be on display outside Heritage House from 8 to 9 December.

For more information on these events, contact the Women’s Resource Centre at 949-0006 or [email protected]. The entire 16 Days of Activism against Gender Abuse calendar of events also is posted on www.gov.ky/wrc.

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