Community Leaders must hold Men Accountable for Male Violence against Women
The organisation Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia Inc. has added its expressions of concern over the rising incidence of rape and violence against women here in Saint Lucia.
In a statement the organisation notes: “Over the past months, weeks and days we have been horrified by the number of incidents of rape. These horrific acts appear deliberate and calculated to bring fear to the female population in light of the frequency and gruesomeness of the attacks.”
“The latest attacks, where a young woman was violated in the presence of her infant and the kidnapping and a rape of a young woman, have renewed concerns about the continuing violence towards women in Saint Lucia, regardless of their culture, race or class,” the Raise Your Voice statement says.
“Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia Inc unequivocally condemns these violent acts. It is clear that violence against women knows no class or cultural boundaries and much work remains to be done.
“We strongly urge all stakeholders i.e. the media, RSLPF, Department of Human Services and Gender Relations, Women Support Shelter, Saint Lucia Red Cross Society, Saint Lucia Crisis Centre and all NGOs and religious institutions to step up and condemn this behaviour and stand firm with women in their struggles to end violence.”
The organisation says that although there have been some responses from community and country leaders condemning this form of violence, these attacks require a more comprehensive response. It believes we all need to speak out against male violence and publicly condemn violence against women and hold men accountable.