Programme Officer with the unit, Nalita Gajadhar, told participants in a week-long gender-based violence advocate training course now on at Baobab Towers, that if there had to be an economic study of the cost of domestic violence, it would be significant.
“At the end of the day if we as a society started to measure what are the economic costs of domestic violence, it would shatter us. If we were to measure what it cost us in productivity, again all the people who are screaming and shouting about productivity, yet ignore domestic violence in their organisations, it would wake them up, because there is a cost.
“When a woman is abused, beaten, hiding, can’t go to work, she must leave work early, she must go to hospital, use a bed, she must use the resources of the police, the ambulance resources, all the other health services; there is a significant cost to us. It is not just a problem between two intimate partners. It is a problem that affects our entire society…,” she said.
She further told the participants in the partly EU-funded course that by the end she hoped there could be more networking between individuals and organisations associated with domestic violence, and she would be calling on them as well to help plot a way forward for the country.
Congratulating the numbers who turned out for the course, which targets persons who may work in areas of gender-based violence or with vulnerable or “at risk” populations including women, children, lesbian/gay communities, etc, is a 40-hour training session being facilitated by members of the Centre for Women and Families from Bridgeport, Gajadhar noted that it was a significant achievement and interest being shown.
“We are working, the Bureau of Gender Affairs, towards the establishment of a national gender-based domestic violence plan and what we are trying to do as well is link, to find all of our partners, all of the people who are working in this area, to bring them together, to help to develop a national plan.
“We also need to develop a national protocol, for if I go to BPW, I expect a certain service. If I go to John Mary Brown Institute, I also expect a specific kind of service as an organisation that is dealing with gender-based violence.
“So we are hoping over the next couple of months, and it is in our plan for this year — whether we are going to achieve it in this year, we are certainly going to start — working towards the development of a plan and pulling together people who can help for form a policy for agencies and organisations working in the area of domestic violence,” she said.
The six-day course will include multidisciplinary aspects of gender-based violence including domestic violence, human trafficking, child sexual abuse, police response, medical evaluation and response, handling disclosures, crisis intervention, and court response among other topics. (LB)
BPW Barbados will be hosting a Gender Based Violence Advocate Training from July 25th to 31st, 2013 at Baobab Towers, Warrens. St. Michael and we invite you and or a member of your organisation to participate. This course targets those who may work in areas of Gender Based Violence and those work within vulnerable or “at risk” populations including women, children, lesbian/ gay communities, etc. The accredited 40-hour training will be conducted by facilitators from The Center for Women and Families from Bridgeport, Connecticut and will include multidisciplinary aspects of gender based violence including domestic violence, human trafficking, child sexual abuse, police response, medical evaluation and response, handling disclosures, crisis intervention, and court response among other topics. For paid BPW Members the course is offered at BDS$75. For unpaid/ non-members we offer the course at BDS$150.
Local and regional trainers will deliver various components of the course as well. Participants will include law enforcement personnel, social-service providers, children’s advocates, domestic violence advocates, medical personnel, HR professionals, teachers, members of the multicultural and religious communities and other stakeholders in the response to, prevention and management of victims of gender based violence. This training is made possible through the provision of a European Union/ Non State Actors Grant.
For further information on BPW Barbados and the upcoming training, please contact BPW Barbados at 836-5070/ 68 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the youngest Runners Shakiel Anderson with Maurice Anderson.
After successfully organizing the Race for Challenor in 2012, the Rotaract Club of South Barbados with the encouragement of radio personality, Alex Jordan and avid runner Ralf Luther, held their second race for charity event on July 23rd, dubbed ‘The Race to END Domestic Violence.
The 5km road run/walk through Bridgetown aimed to support the efforts of Business and Professional Women’s Club of Barbados’s Shelter in Barbados in providing emergency temporary housing to victims of domestic violence, and rally support for end to gender-based violence in Barbados.
Outgoing President of the Rotaract Club of South Barbados, Erica Hall said, “The shelter was chosen by the Rotaract club this year in acknowledgment of the recent highlighted occurrences and the ever present danger of domestic violence against women in our society.” She expressed thanks to entertainment personalities Alex Jordan and Salt for their continuous support of the club’s initiatives, and to TC and Mikey for their tremendous support in the promotion of the cause.
The Rotaract club and BPW Barbados were heartened by the support rallied to eliminate violence against women and girls by the Barbados public and visitors. The road run/walk raised over $10,000 part of which will be donated to assist BPW Barbados’ programs at their Shelter/Safe House.
She noted that the event could not have been successful without the input of the various sponsors and other contributors.
Among the awardees were:
1st Male Runner – Mark Greenidge -17.28
1st Female Runner – Carlie Pipe – 20.05
1st Male Walker – Rodney Blackman – 29.25
1st Female Walker – Favienne Burnett- 34.04
Eldest Male Runner – Eric Clarke – Ufuzuko – 66 years old – 23.40
Eldest Female Runner – June Rudder – 62 years old – 39.05
Two Youngest Runners: Kiapo Marshall – 7 years old – 22.24; Shakiel Anderson – 7 years old – 25.34
Largest Team – Barbados Hash House Harriers with over 20 participants
President Hall added “In keeping with RCSB’s commitment to providing opportunities for the general public to be part of our drive for change, our club will seek to host annual races which advocate the needs and provide support for vulnerable groups in our society.”
Mikey with the BPW
Over $10,000 was raised on Sunday through the Rotaract South team’s efforts to bring awareness to gender-based violence in Barbados.
The Race for Charity, early Sunday morning not only attracted runners and walkers, but a number of local celebrities like Mikey, TC, as well as DJs Salt and Alex Jordan to the cause, which was also in aid of the BPW (Barbados) safe house and crisis centre projects.
President of BPW Barbados, Marrianne Burnham, said they thought the event was a success and were honoured that the organisations domestic violence related programmes were chosen as beneficiaries this year.
“We were heartened by the effort of the Rotaract South Team and the public turn out at the event with over 220 persons who came out in the their purple and orange shirts to support the cause. BPW Barbados is happy that the goal of raising awareness of Gender Based Violence in Barbados was achieved for this purpose.
Alex Jordan and Salt
“Some race participants also donated children’s books, toiletries and food items to the safe house. The race overall raised over $10,000, part proceeds of which go toward the safe house/crisis centre for programmes that assist women and children victims of Gender Based Violence,” said Burnham.
The organisation’s programmes include psycho-social interventions, education assistance, self-development and other interventions to alleviate the scourge of poverty and abuse.
“BPW Barbados recognises the tremendous support of entertainment personalities Alex Jordan, Salt, TC and Mikey who assisted tremendously in promotion the cause. This is Alex’s second year with the Rotaract South Charity Race and she has shown consistent commitment in promoting the cause — whatever it is. Mikey and TC have used their “edutainment” training received through the UN’s UNiTE campaign to lend to anti-violence against women and girls causes,” said the BPW president, extending heartfelt thanks to President of the Rotaract team, Erica Hall.
She also extended thanks to the BPW members who volunteered or participated in the run, the artistes who supported, as well as sponsors and contributors including Scotiabank, Sol, the Bureau of Gender Affairs, Barbados Hash House Harriers, FedNav, the Barbados Olympic Association and others.
Hall, said: “Although we did not reach our fundraising target, we do consider this event very successful. The participation was much more than we anticipated. We ran out of registration forms on the day giving us an estimated total of 210 participants (runners and walkers). We would attribute not meeting our original fundraising target to the tight schedule we were working with and the number of very worthy fundraising events on the day; so we are very appreciative of the support.”
Photos by Katrina Harewood, Gina-Lee de Suze and Renner Yearwood.