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16 Days of Activism: ramping up awareness of gender violence

Today, the Special Envoy for Women and Children in collaboration with the National Women’s Commission held the launch of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence under the theme “Orange the World: #HearMeToo”. This year’s launch comes against the backdrop of a woman gruesomely murdered at the hands of her common-law husband. Love news stopped by and spoke with Kim Simplis Barrow, the Special Envoy for Women and Children, who said that such stark acts of violence demonstrate that there is so much more work to be done and so they continue to plow on.

Kim Simplis Barrow: We are continuously working to address gender based violence. It’s really surreal to be here again on this occasion with another murder suicide that has occurred so it is really a reminder that our work isn’t done and that we have so much more to do.

Love news also spoke to Cynthia Williams, the Executive Director of the National Women’s Commission who said that today’s launch is a call for other organization to join forces in an effort to accelerate the work that is being done.

Cynthia Williams Executive Director National Women’s Commission: “It’s a call for people to become aware, to know and to be a part of this 16 days of Activism to see how they can become a part of the work that is currently being done and continues to be done throughout the year. 16 days observance  spans the course of three different observations: the November 25th being the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women being the first one, World Aids Day on December 1st and Human Rights day on Dec 10th and if you notice exactly 16 days. Even though the work is done throughout the year, this is a period where you actually activate more of the forces behind, you try to engage much more people who are not currently involved and you even begin to look at what other strategies that could and cannot work so it’s not the only time that the work is done but it is an acceleration of whatever efforts are being made during the year.

Today’s launch ended with a march to the roundabout, where orange flags were hoisted. These flags will be flown for sixteen days to create greater awareness of the urgency to end gender-based violence.