So talk is no longer the first op­tion, but im­ple­men­ta­tion and en­force­ment of an ac­tion plan . . . .

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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.

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