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Violence against women and children has increased tremendously and now is the time for stronger and immediate action by the state of Trinidad and Tobago. As a concerned citizen, you can write to your MP and ask that they actively work with fellow Members of Parliament to advance the necessary policy, legislative and institutional reform, to better serve the women and girls of Trinidad and Tobago.
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Call to Action. Nov 25. International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Nov 25 to Dec 10. 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.
In March 2018, The Institute for Gender and Development Studies called for a private sector strategy to address Violence Against Women.
Today, thanks to the Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CADV) and the T&T Chamber of Industry and Commerce, there is now a Domestic Violence in the Workplace Policy which can be adopted by companies across T&T and the Caribbean region. In addition, there is the beginnings of a communication campaign and steps toward roll out of training sessions on policy implementation.
The Coalition Against Domestic Violence, TT Chamber, Ansa McAl Group of Companies, First Citizens Bank, AMCHAM, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and other companies have been a part of moving this forward step by step in recognition of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. During this annual international campaign, it is critical that companies show visible understanding of corporate social responsibility, and how this relates to supporting the DV in the Workplace Policy.
IGDS and Canadian High Commission — Caribbean Men Can Campaign Taglines
Spots printed Tobago Newsday, February through March 2019
Statement Released May 2021
Newsday Monday 8 February 2021 Women's group alliance calls for action: Tears are not enough, Sean Douglas
Brief - 9 June 2020
Comments on proposed amendments Domestic Violence Act, Chap. 45:56 Download PDF
Press Release - 18 June 2020
Call to Enact the Doomestic Violence Amendment Bill Download PDF
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Numerous organisations partner to host a Solidarity Rally and Walk for Women’s Rights in observance of International Women's Day in Trinidad and Tobago. These walk started in locations across T&T
All allies are invited to join the facebook group
facebook page: facebook.com/IWDTrinidadandTobago/
To get involved in the national actions for IWD you can email the team
The Act, No. 8 of 2017 is an Act to amend the Marriage Act, Chap.45:01, the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act, Chap. 45:2, the Hindu Marriage Act, Chap. 45:3, the Orisa Marriage Act, Chap.45:4 and the Matrimonial Proceedings and Property Act, Chap.45:51, which raises the legal age of marriage to 18, effectively outlawing child marriage. The Bill was passed in Parliament June 9, 2017, without amendments, with 35 members voting for, zero against and zero abstentions.
IGDS Public Forums
October 11th, 2016 - IGDS & Coalition to End Child Marriage in T&T Public Forum "Too Young to Wed"
Public Forum on the Marriage Actsin T&T in commemoration of International Day of the Girl Child. IGDS in collaboration with the Coalition to End Child Marriage in T&T
Chair: Dr. Gabrielle Hosein, Head IGDS; Panellists: Dona Da Costa-Martinez, Family Planning Association of T&T; Brenda Gopeesingh, Hindu Women's Organization; Khadija Sinanan, WOMANTRA
#ChildMarriageisChildAbuse #MakeChildMarriageIllegal #AmendtheMarriageLaws
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November 3rd, 2011 - IGDS Public Forum "Is it Better for Girls to Marry? Who decides?"
Institute of International Relations (IIR), Lecture Room 1, The UWI, St. Augustine Camp
Chair: Gabriellie Hosein Panellists: Rhoda Reddock | Gaietry Pargass | Nafeesa Mohammed | Jacqueline Sharpe | Carol Jaggernauth
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Students statements - posters made and posted across Campus and on instagram.
"Women should not live in fear. How she's dressed does not mean 'Yes'"
"Rape is a man's issue"
"If she says 'No' get up and go"
"Don't force it. 'No' means no!"
"A man is like a taxi driver... He knows when to stop."
"No deosn't mean 'Yes'"
"Hermits stand against rape culture"
September 9, 2015 - News Release
UWI’s Institute for Gender and Development Studies supports call to approve a National Gender Policy
May 22, 2013
IGDS Public Forum
"What does EQUAL mean to you?"
Forum on the Draft National Policy on Gender Equality and Development
Chair: Gabrielle Hosein
Panelists include: Hazel Brown | Anna Maria Mora | Francisca Brown