Stop Gender Based Violence
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.