The 14th annual Silent Witness March to raise awareness on domestic violence takes place on Saturday, Oct. 18.
The march, staged by the Business and Professional Women’s organization, is to remember and honor those who have suffered as a result of domestic violence and bullying.
The march starts at noon from the Government Administration Building, will proceed down Elgin Avenue towards town, on to Edward Street and finishes at Celebration Park. A short ceremony will follow.
The event has been organized locally since 1999 by the Business and Professional Women’s Club. During the march, people carry red cardboard cut-out figures representing domestic abuse victims and banners calling for peace while walking down the road in silence.
“Peace Begins at Home” is the theme chosen for this year’s march.
“Each year, the Silent Witness March is a powerful reminder that domestic violence and bullying continue to subsist in the Cayman Islands,” said Nancy Harrison, communications officer of the Business and Professional Women’s Club. “Through the march, we come together as a community to recognize these victims and to bring awareness to these serious issues.”
She added, “Always observed on the 18th of October, the event, this year, falls on a Saturday. Given this, we are holding the event during the daytime (noon) in hope that parents will bring their children, making it a poignant teaching lesson for the entire family.”
The Family Resource Centre is also involved in the initiative, after partnering with the business women’s group in 2013 to highlight the issue of bullying.
Participants are being asked to wear purple, the symbolic color for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which runs Oct. 1-31.