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Inaugural Caribbean Conference on Domestic Violence and Gender Equality to be held in Trinidad and Tobago
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 February 2013 22:36
- Published on Tuesday, 19 February 2013 12:57
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Regional and international professionals, experts and activists will gather in Scarborough, Tobago next month to seek solutions to domestic violence and gender issues as the Global Center for Behavioural Health (GCBH) hosts its Inaugural Caribbean Conference on Domestic Violence and Gender Equality.
GCBH is a non-governmental organization based in Washington, DC and Scarborough Tobago, which works in collaboration with the global health community to promote quality and equity in healthcare worldwide. GCBH aims to move its partners towards excellence by providing research, capacity building, and other technical services, as well as opportunities for scholarship and community service globally.
Conference Chair and GCBH President, Dr. Donna Baird, noted that “according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, every one of the Caribbean islands has a sexual violence rate that is higher than the world average.” Dr. Baird said that governments should adopt zero-tolerance for this behavior; and that women and girls need to stop being ashamed or afraid to speak up about the abuses they face on a daily basis.
Violence against women and girls continues to be a global epidemic that kills, tortures, and maims – physically, psychologically, sexually and economically. Gender-based violence is still one of the most ignored crimes in the Caribbean region and it remains one of the most pervasive of human rights violations, which denies women and girls: equality, dignified services, societal worth, security and fundamental freedoms.
A number of high-level industry professionals committed to ending gender-based violence and bringing gender equality to the Caribbean and around the world, have been confirmed to present at the conference including:
• Dr. Edward Greene, UN Caribbean Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS
• Almas Jiwani, President, UN Women Canada
• Dr. Giovanni di Cola, Deputy Director, International Labour Organization (Caribbean)
• Calypso Rose
The conference seeks to engage advocates and professionals from domestic violence, health care and social service and policy makers in critical dialogues that will enable them to use in-depth information to impact their work in terms of practice, research, and policy. The conference also seeks to advances gender equality and empowerment of women, leading to positive outcomes for all in the Caribbean–including men and boys.
About the Global Center for Behavioural Health
The Global Center for Behavioural Health (GCBH) is a non-governmental organization which works in collaboration with the global health community to promote quality and equity in healthcare worldwide. GCBH aims to move our partners towards excellence by providing research, capacity building, and other technical services. We also provide opportunities for scholarship and community service globally. For more information visit www.gcbhonline.org.