Stop Gen­der Based Vi­o­lence

The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT -

Agroup call­ing it­self “Raise Your Voice (Saint Lu­cia) yesterday is­sued a state­ment fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery of the dead body of a young woman, Yana Au­guste, last Sun­day. The group is also call­ing for an end to all forms of gen­der based vi­o­lence.

“Raise Your Voice wishes to ex­tend deep­est con­do­lences to the fam­ily and loved ones of Yana Al­jama Au­guste who was bru­tally mur­dered in a most heinous way and dis­posed of in the most cal­lous man­ner, in an act of gen­der based vi­o­lence,” the state­ment started off by say­ing.

“We grieve the loss of yet another woman and un­der­stand the pain in­flicted on the fam­ily, the ques­tion of jus­tice is para­mount as this will aid in the heal­ing of the fam­ily mem­bers. Raise Your Voice also con­demns the ma­li­cious post­ing of in­ap­pro­pri­ate videos of the crime scene and is shocked and ap­palled by the com­ments gen­er­ated on so­cial media against our sis­ter Yana Au­guste. It is im­por­tant that we re­main com­pas­sion­ately sen­si­tive to the fam­ily as they go through the griev­ing process of their loved one.”

The group notes that gen­der based vi­o­lence has reared its ugly head again. “Vi­o­lence against women and girls in our so­ci­ety has be­come en­demic com­pro­mis­ing the safety and well­be­ing of all women. It is a mat­ter that must be taken very se­ri­ously by our cit­i­zens and the author­i­ties,” it stated.

Raise Your Voice is call­ing on Saint Lu­cians to unite and have the courage to stand up for the pro­tec­tion of our women and girls. “We must tackle this from a holis­tic and united peo­ple ap­proach. We can only be as­sured of se­cu­rity for women when cit­i­zens un­der­stand their role in pro­tect­ing women and girls within com­mu­ni­ties, work­ing with author­i­ties such as the po­lice and courts to en­sure peace and se­cu­rity.”

“Raise Your Voice, as a group of women, de­clares its ab­so­lute ab­hor­rence of all gen­der based vi­o­lence and it is with a deep sense of out­rage that we call upon the gen­eral public and the author­i­ties to en­ter into a new phase of co­op­er­a­tion and mo­bi­liza­tion of re­sources, in a sus­tain­able man­ner, to elim­i­nate the scourge of gen­der based vi­o­lence and bring to jus­tice those re­spon­si­ble for per­pet­u­at­ing crimes against women and girls.”

The pres­i­dent of Raise Your Voice is Lu­cre­cia Wilkin­son with Rumelia Dal­phi­nis-King as Di­rec­tor.

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