So talk is no longer the first option, but implementation and enforcement of an action plan . . . .
On Sunday, Barbados joined with countries worldwide to observe the United Nations-designated International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women and the start of the 16 Days Of Activism. This must not be just about wearing a particular colour – orange this year – or shouting the #Hearmetoo slogan. It must be about building awareness and promoting human rights for women. This must not be an intellectual exercise or event with an agenda which focuses on a select group of middle and upper class women and men, girls and boys, but must rather have a message pushed across the country which resonates with the entire public. This must include programmes that give young women and girls opportunities for economic advancement, anti-bullying exercises, ending sexual harassment and exploitation in the workplace, safe sex and family planning practices, and safeguarding survivors of gender-based violence. This calls for strong political leadership to curb this serious social problem. The toxic behaviour we know of and have allowed against women must end.