Monthly Archives: June 2013

30 percent of women beaten…

30 per cent of women beaten

Taken from Barbados Today on June 20, 2013.

WHO Info-graphic_04As local advocates prepare for a “race to end domestic violence” this weekend, internationally the WHO has released a report indicating that 30 per cent of women in this region are affected by “intimate partner violence”.

Additionally, the joint WHO, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the South African Medical Research Council study showed that while between 41 per cent and 82 per cent of women in this region who were abused by their partner experienced a physical injury, between 28 per cent and 64 per cent did not seek help or speak to anyone about the experience.

A release from the Pan American Health Organisation today noted that physical or sexual violence was a public health problem that affected more than one-third of all women globally.

The report, Global and regional estimates of violence against women: Prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence, represented the first systemic study of global data on the prevalence of violence against women – both partners and non-partners.

“Some 35 per cent of all women will experience either intimate partner or non-partner violence. The study finds that intimate partner violence is the most common type of violence against women, affecting 30 per cent of women worldwide.

“In the Americas, 29.8 per cent of women have been victims of physical or sexual violence at the hands of an intimate partner, and 10.7 per cent have suffered sexual violence by a non-partner,” the statement said.

The Americas, according to the study, refers to the Caribbean nations, including Barbados; Latin American states like Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Paraguay, etc.; the US and Canada .

Here in Barbados, the Rotaract Club of South Barbados, in association with SLAM 101.1 FM and BPW (Barbados) will host a 5K walk and run in the City on Olympic Day, June 23.

The race is an effort to raise awareness and gain support for the elimination of all forms of violence against women and children, with part proceeds going to the BPW’s shelter that provides temporary housing to women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. It has also attracted the support of calypsonians TC and Mikey, along with radio personality Alex Jordan who will participate for charity.

The WHO study highlighted the need for all sectors to engage in eliminating tolerance for violence against women and better support women who experience it and new WHO guidelines were launched with the report to help countries improve their health sector’s capacity to respond to this issue.

The release said a report published by PAHO/WHO in collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, showed that in 12 Latin American and Caribbean countries studied, between 17 per cent and 53 per cent of women interviewed reported having suffered physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner. In seven of the countries, more than one in four women reported such violence.

“The report, Violence Against Women in Latin America and the Caribbean: a comparative analysis of population-based data from 12 countries that was also part of the regional data for the WHO report, shows that between 41 per cent and 82 per cent of women who were abused by their partner experienced a physical injury, ranging from cuts and bruises to broken bones, miscarriages, and burns. Despite this, between 28 per cent and 64 per cent did not seek help or speak to anyone about their experience of violence.

“The comparative analysis also shows that between 10 per cent and 27 per cent of women in these countries reported having experienced sexual violence in their lifetime, either by partners or by other perpetrators, but usually by men whom they already knew.”

The report also highlighted the intersections between violence against women and violence against children. Across the 12 countries studied, women who were beaten in childhood reported experiencing partner violence in adulthood at significantly higher rates than those who did not suffer violence in childhood, said the release. (LB)

A Race Against Violence

Added by Barbados Today on June 12, 2013.

In an effort to raise awareness and gain support from the Barbadian public in eliminating all forms of violence against women and children, The Rotaract Club of South Barbados, SLAM 101.1 FM radio host Alex Jordan and the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Barbados will to host a five-kilometre road race — “The Race to END Domestic Violence” — on Olympic Day, June 23 at 6 a.m. in Bridgetown.

Part proceeds will be donated to the BPW’s shelter, which offers emergency temporary housing to women and children victims of domestic violence. The race is opened to the public and there will be an minimum donation registration fee of $20 for adults and $10 for children under 16.

The club also announced that UNiTE trained talented local soca artists Terencia TC Coward-Thompson and Michael Mikey Mercer will be participating in this road run/walk with Alex Jordan.

The Rotaract Club of South Barbados, a community service club and youth arm of Rotary club of South Barbados; held its inaugural race for a charity just last year, which raised over $15,000 for the Challenor Creative Arts and Training Centre.

These funds aided in the purchase of augmentative and alternative communication devices, telecommunication devices for the hearing impaired and other devices and software to support the development of the students of the school.

This year the club decided to partner with Alex Jordan and the BPW to acknowledge the recent frequent occurrences of domestic violence in our society.

Race to End Domestic Violence Domestic – June 23rd

End Domestic Violence

The Race to END Domestic Violence

In an effort to raise awareness and gain support from the Barbadian public in eliminating all forms of violence against women and children, The Rotaract Club of South Barbados in association with SLAM 101.1 FM radio host Alex Jordan and the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Barbados (BPW)  are collaborating to host a 5Km road race; “The Race to END Domestic Violence”, on Olympic Day, June 23rd at 6:00 am in Bridgetown.

Part proceeds will be donated to the BPW’s Shelter, which offers emergency temporary housing to women and children victims of domestic violence. The race is opened to the public and there will be an minimum donation registration fee of $20 for Adults and $10 for Children under 16. More details will be made available on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/RotaractClubOfSouthBarbados, websitewww.run246.com or feel free to contact us at bpwbarbadosonline@gmail.com or rotaractsouthbarbados@gmail.com.

We are pleased to announce that UNiTE trained talented local Soca artists Terencia “TC” Coward-Thompson and Michael “Mikey” Mercer will be participating in this road run/walk with Alex Jordan.

The Rotaract Club of South Barbados, a community service club and youth arm of Rotary club of South Barbados; held its inaugural annual race for a charity just last year, “The Race for Challenor”, which raised over $15,000 for the Challenor Creative Arts and Training Centre. These funds aided in the purchase of augmentative and alternative communication devices, telecommunication devices for the hearing impaired and other devices and software to support the development of the students of the school. This year the club decided to partner with Alex Jordan and the BPW to acknowledge the recent frequent occurrences of domestic violence in our society.

Purple Tear Drop Campaign

Purple Tear Drop Campaign

BPW Barbados supports the Purple Tear Drop Campaign of Soroptimist International of Barbados