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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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Newsday Monday 8 February
Women's group alliance calls for action: Tears are not enough, Sean Douglas
IGDS and Canadian High Commission — Caribbean Men Can Campaign Taglines
Spots printed Tobago Newsday, February through March 2019
BRIEF - 9 JUNE 2020 - Comments on proposed amendments Domestic Violence Act, Chap. 45:56
PRESS RELEASE - 18 June 2020 - CALL TO ENACT THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AMENDMENT BILL
Follow the discussion on the Alliance page
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
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
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