The Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation is set to launch its third annual awareness campaign on Sunday, 16 October, in a public ceremony at the Harquail Theatre.
The event will be held from 5-6pm, with a special dramatic performance by Jamaica’s Women’s Media Watch. This year’s theme focuses on the issue of sexual harassment with the theme: “I am not the one who should be ashamed.”
The campaign, which runs for a year, is meant to raise awareness and give victims the confidence to speak out, according to the Foundation. Another aim of the campaign is to educate the public as to what exactly constitutes sexual harassment, as well as to urge those who are suffering not to feel ashamed.
Rayle Roberts, chair of the Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation, said, “We are aware that sexual harassment is a prevalent issue in the Cayman Islands and we are hoping to get the public talking about it so that victims learn that their suffering should not go unreported.
“The theme this year urges the public to support each other and take action, as sexual harassment in any form should not be accepted in our community.”
In response to the positive feedback from last year’s event, the Foundation has invited Women’s Media Watch – whose mission is to reduce gender-based violence in the media and in society, as they work toward a more peaceful and caring society that provides equal opportunities to all – to be in attendance again to launch this year’s programme.
Emcees for the evening include Pastor Felix Manzanares and Dara Flowers-Burke, with a poetry reading by Nasaria Suckoo-Cholette and a performance by the University College of the Cayman Islands Choir.
This year’s campaign will also include television and radio appearances and various community outreach initiatives to raise awareness about sexual harassment. The public-awareness effort will also feature decals, magnets, posters, brochures and T-shirts to help spread the word.