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YWCA of Trinidad and Tobago to observe the 16 Days of Activism campaign

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YWCA of Trinidad and Tobago to observe the 16 Days of Activism campaign

The YWCA of Trinidad and Tobago (YWCATT), in collaboration with the United Nations System in Trinidad and Tobago, will commemorate the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence Campaign, which will be held from November 25 to December 10, 2010.

The organisations will jointly host a series of activities during the 16 Days, beginning on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and culminating on International Human Rights Day. The activities, which are in line with YWCATT’s 2010/2011 community outreach and membership development programme, will focus on health and wellness, specifically sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and HIV and AIDS. It will also feature the implementation of the “In Her Shoes Violence Against Women” exhibition into a full and sustainable National YWCA Violence Against Women Campaign and community outreach series, and the implementation of a volunteer management programme and campaign.

Activities will begin with a media launch on November 25, followed by the public launch of the “In Her Shoes” exhibition, a display of women’s footwear aimed at intensifying the awareness around domestic violence. The shoes tell stories of survivors of domestic violence, as well as other prominent women who may not have experienced violence but who have worked in different ways to put an end to it. The display will be staged at the Piarco International Airport, the island’s main port of entry, throughout the period of the 16 days. There will also be one-day exhibits at the Brian Lara Promenade, in Arima, San Fernando and Tobago.

Other activities for the week will include: secondary school debate competitions, a walk against violence, an ecumenical service and a YWCA Gala Charity Dinner and Entertainment evening under the patronage of the First Lady Her Excellency Dr. Jean Ramjohn Richards. All funds raised from the event will go towards YWCATT’s violence against women programmes.

The collaboration comes at a time when the YWCA of Trinidad and Tobago is aspiring to intensify and increase its reach and advocacy work in the areas of SRHR, gender based violence and youth and leadership development. They are pleased to be working with the United Nations System in their country, as they believe it is an opportunity to raise the visibility of YWCATT, as well as to attract new members and revive the YWCA movement in Trinidad and Tobago.

This year marks the twentieth year of the “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign”. The idea of the campaign is to draw attention at a local, national and global level to the different forms of violence that women face. It also aims to show the link between violence against women and human rights, highlighting that this type of violence is a human rights violation; thus the dates chosen for the campaign November 25 , the International Day against Violence against Women, to December 10, International Human Rights Day.

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