Ed Gartland Youth Centre Empowerment

“Women’s Month celebrated at the Edward Gartland Youth Centre”

The month of March is celebrated as Women Month and also marks the day for when International Women’s Day is held every year. It is a declared and recognized month that is celebrated worldwide to recognize and highlight the contribution to women to events in history and in society.

To celebrate Women’s Month this year The Edward Gartland Youth Centre is hosting a Women’s Event under the theme “Breaking the Chain of Silence”. The event is to raise awareness and provide knowledge about a problem that is happening right in front of our faces to violence against women. The goal of the event is to get people engaged in conversations and make the topic more of a priority within our daily lives. The event aims to combat the stigma that goes along with being abused and the shame of speaking up.

Shame, fear and resentment. All these are reasons why many women do not speak up when they are abused. Statistics says that 1 and every 3 women in the Caribbean has been or is currently being abused by someone that says they love them. At this very moment while you are reading this a friend, coworker, cousin, sister, mother, neighbor or someone you know or love is being abused and violated.

When we think of abuse we always think of the physical and sexual and tend to overlook the emotional aspect of it. Abuse takes a major toll on your psyche and drains you of all your emotions. You become just a lost soul in the world with the idea that the love that you’re receiving from your abuser is real and sincere. They have done a good job of making you feel less than what you actually are and that you would never find better.

In an article that titled “Domestic Violence in the Caribbean” by Global Scripture Impact it states that domestic violence accounts for half of the violence death of women in Jamaica. Even here in the Turks & Caicos where it is a very small country the rate of crime has increased over the past decade by 21% with violence against women contributing to majority of that.

The event will be held on Friday, March 28th, 2014 at The Edward Gartland Youth Centre commencing at 6:30pm. The night will have performances of contemporary dances, spoken word, monologues, art pieces and a special guest speaker.

We hope you will join us for an evening that will not only be informative but also thought provoking and entertaining.

For more information please contact me on 649-331-9602.