BPW Crisis Centre supports UWI STAT’s Awareness Day
With the hope of informing females on domestic violence and ensuring that they know the ‘red flags’, the Business & Professional Women’s Club of Barbados attended the UWISTAT’s Year of Awareness Day, held on the lawn of the Guild of Students, Cave Hill Campus.
In addition the Business & Professional Women’s Club is hoping to make students aware of the options available to them after finding themselves in various unfavourable situations.
The organisation, which is in 96 countries around the world, focuses on lobbying for equality and social justice for women.
Marlene Hewitt, Crisis Centre Coordinator for the Business and Professional Women’s Club (right) and Carl-Anne Bradshaw engage with a student on campus.
Marlene Hewitt, Crisis Centre Co-ordinator for the Business & Professional Women’s club indicated that the organisation, which has been around for many years, is proud of its achievements thus far but more still needs to be done in terms of disseminating the message.
With the establishment of of a crisis hotline which deals with rape, sexual assault, domestic violence and suicides, the organisation has made strides, with the highlight being the introduction of a shelter for women and children who have been abused.
Noting that there are several in need, the organisation has had to cut back on persons being taken in and on staff, given the reduction in finances received from the government. However, the organisation is still committed to helping those in dire need of assistance.
With regard to the debate surrounding female abuse of men and what can be done, Ms. Hewitt believes that men need to take responsibility, step up to the plate and offer assistance to men in whatever ways possible. According to her, men’s needs will not be the same as women’s and such a shelter may not be required, but at the same time men need to explore the options available, have talks with the government and other organisatons and put more institutions in place to deal with the issues.
Loop News Service