Essay Competition to promote Domestic Violence Awareness
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 email@example.com 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.