Be the change

 That’s the mandate of the Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation.

Men and women are asked to come together to work to become the change they want to see in the Cayman Islands society. It’s a mission to promote gender equality and a life free of violence for everyone – men, women and children.

The mantra was borrowed from Mahatma Gandhi who said, “We must be the change we wish to see.”

One of the changes we need to see in the Cayman Islands is an end to all domestic violence.

Men need to stop beating up and verbally abusing women.

Women need to stop mistreating men.

And men and women need to cease from lashing out at innocent children,

Domestic violence is a health, legal, economic, educational, developmental and a human rights issue.

Violence again women and girls is a global epidemic that denies its victims of security, dignity, self-worth and the right to enjoy fundamental freedoms.

Domestic violence cuts across the boundaries of culture, class, education, income, ethnicity and age. It does not discriminate.

Violence in the domestic sphere is usually perpetrated by males who are in positions of trust, intimacy and power, be they husbands, boyfriends, fathers, fathers-in-law, stepfathers, brothers, uncles, sons or other relatives.

But women can also be violent.

In the Caymanian culture, boys are put on a pedestal and many grow up with an attitude with macho attitudes.

Maybe it’s a carryover from when our little boys grew up to become seamen who had to leave their homes and families to make money. Women cherished those boys because they knew they would grow up to leave.

And many women in the Cayman Islands were also raised with the attitude that men have the last and final say on all matters in the home. Women who condone domestic violence do so for a myriad of reasons; many put up with it because they are scared of retaliation or losing the security of having a home.

Children who grow up seeing domestic violence or being subjected to it themselves usually grow up to be abusers.

The cycle has to come to an end.

If you missed the launch of the Estella Scott Roberts Be the Change last night, you can still get involved.

Start by visiting www.esrfoundation.org.ky or email [email protected]

You can also call 938-6300.

If we all work together we can be the change that stops all domestic violence.

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