Breaking the Chain of Silence – Edward C Gartland Youth Centre
In celebration of Women’s month, which was the entire month of March, the Edward C. Gartland Youth Centre hosted an evening of entertainment under the theme “Breaking the Chain of Silence”. March 8th is known as International Women’s Day. However, the Edward C. Gartland Youth Centre celebrated this special day on March 28th, 2014 at 6:30pm. This month is declared and recognized worldwide to highlight the contribution of outstanding women to events in history and in society.
The aim of this entire event was to raise awareness and provide knowledge of violence against women. To combat stigma of being abused and the shame that goes along with it that causes many to not speak up. The goal was to have the attendees engage in conversation whilst making the topic more of a priority within our everyday lives. It has been proven that one in three women are being abused by someone who claims they love them.
The night was filled with impacting performances. The majority of the performances were contributions from our very own members of society. The performances included; spoken word, contemporary dance, monologues, art pieces and a special guest speaker. Domestic violence accounts for half of the violent death of women in Jamaica, stated by Global Scripture Impact in an article entitled ‘Domestic Violence in the Caribbean’. Though the Turks and Caicos is fairly small, the rate of crime has increased by 21 percent and domestic violence contributes to the majority of the crime increases.
We would like to thank all of the supporters who contributed something to the event and those who were able to attend. At the end of the evening we all contributed in helping to ‘Break the Chain of Silence.’