16 days of activism begins

The Business and Professional Women’s Club has organised a host of activities throughout the 16 Days o f Activism Against Gender Violence in Cayman to highlight the problem.

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Last years Clothesline Display in which people who have been victims of domestic violence express their feelings on t-shirts. Photo: File

Club president Velma Powery-Hewitt said this year the organisation would be taking its message into the schools to get the point across to young people that violence is not acceptable, either on the street or in the home.

‘Because of the amount of violence we’ve seen since October last year, we are incorporating the assemblies at the schools into our programme for this year,’ she said.

The group will address Year Six students at John A Cumber school tomorrow [Thursday] and John Gray High School students on Friday, 4 December.

Other events include a candlelight vigil on Monday, 30 November, at Heroes Square in George Town from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

On Monday, 1 December, there will be a Clothesline Display by the Women’s Resource Centre at George Town Post Office.

There will also be a service at the Cayman Islands Baptist Church at 10am on 6 December, the 20th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. Gunman Marc LÉpine, a 25-year-old Quebecker and child-abuse survivor, killed 14 female students and wounded 13 others at École Polytechnique in 6 December, 1989.

Throughout the 16 days, Ms Powery-Hewitt will be issuing messages over the radio to the public about gender violence, as will the Family Support Unit, the Women’s Resource Centre and the Crisis Centre.

Meanwhile, the Cayman Islands government is seeking public feedback on the Protection Against Domestic Violence Bill (2009). If approved in the Legislative Assembly, the bill would update and repeal the 17-year-old Summary Jurisdiction (Domestic Violence) Law.

The bill has been circulated for public discussion by the Law Reform Commission. The discussion period ends on Monday, 30 November, following an extension from the original 20 November deadline.