Es­say Com­pe­ti­tion to pro­mote Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Aware­ness

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

As an ini­tia­tive to in­crease aware­ness of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in Saint Lu­cia, Club GAR, De­part­ment of Gen­der Re­la­tions and the Women's Sup­port Cen­ter are col­lab­o­rat­ing to host a so­lu­tion­fo­cused cam­paign. The tag line is “I am Part of the So­lu­tion”, urg­ing peo­ple to get in­volved and learn how they too can be part of the fight against do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

Club GAR's an­nual “Walk for a Cause” ac­tiv­ity in 2017 raised $70,700 for a cam­paign to “Break the Si­lence on Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence” in Saint Lu­cia. The part­ner­ship with the Gen­der Re­la­tions De­part­ment re­sulted in a re­brand­ing of the cam­paign. The ini­tia­tive will run un­til March 31, 2019 and it will pro­vide sup­port to sur­vivors of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and in­crease pro­grammes and av­enues avail­able to those at risk to re­duce their vul­ner­a­bil­ity.

In or­der to pro­mote aware­ness, the cam­paign is also reach­ing out to the is­land's chil­dren to share their in­sight on this is­sue in an es­say com­pe­ti­tion. The aim of the com­pe­ti­tion is to make this cam­paign an in­clu­sive move­ment where dif­fer­ent de­part­ments and in­sti­tu­tions will be given the op­por­tu­nity to con­trib­ute pos­si­ble so­lu­tions to this prob­lem.

All stu­dents from grade 4 to form 5 are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in the es­say com­pe­ti­tion. Prizes will be awarded to the first, sec­ond and third place win­ners.

The pri­mary school stu­dent top­ics are: "What makes a happy home?" or "How could you know if a friend is be­ing hurt?"

The top­ics for sec­ondary school stu­dents are: "What role can I play in stop­ping do­mes­tic vi­o­lence?" or "Are St. Lu­cians aware of the im­pact of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence?"

Sub­mis­sions should be no more than 500 words and can be sent to ei­ther we­walk4a­ or mailed to the De­part­ment of Gen­der Re­la­tions. Please re­fer to any of the or­gan­is­ers' so­cial me­dia for the full guide­lines.

The dead­line for the re­ceipt of sub­mis­sions is Novem­ber 23r 2018. The prize­giv­ing cer­e­mony will take place on De­cem­ber 7, 2018.

All Saint Lu­cians are asked to en­cour­age a child to share their views on the is­sues of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and to share their thoughts on so­lu­tions that could de­crease these cases in our is­land.

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