End gender violence campaign promotes peace and human rights

This week marks the beginning of a 16-day campaign to combat gender violence in the Cayman Islands.

The annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence began Monday and continues until Dec. 10.

The event emphasizes the links between ending violence against women and human rights values and highlights that violence against women is an international human rights violation, said the minister for gender affairs, Tara Bush.

“While we recognize that females are disproportionately affected by gender-based violence and domestic violence, it is government’s responsibility to ensure the safety and security of all women and men, and girls and boys,” she said. “States are the main duty bearers for addressing violence in all its forms, including gender-based violence in its various manifestations, and it doesn’t matter whether this violence takes place within the privacy of homes or in public spaces.

Carrying on from 2012, this year the international theme is “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women.”

The minister encouraged the public to support the efforts of the Business and Professional Women’s Club’s awareness raising campaign during the 16-day event and to visit district health clinics in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac where the Family Resource Centre’s Clothesline Project will display the stories of victims, survivors, and those who love them.

“We all play a crucial part in developing peaceful understandings and collective safety. Let us unite and support these efforts in building peaceful and safe homes, schools, communities in our country- today, tomorrow and forever,” Minister Rivers said.