NOW’S next step Women’s group may get seat on So­cial Part­ner­ship

UK Barbados Nation - - EDITORIAL -

THERE IS A STRONG POS­SI­BIL­ITY the Na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Women (NOW) may be­come one of the is­land’s So­cial Partners.

This rev­e­la­tion was made by NOW pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer Mar­sha Hinds-layne at the launch of 16 Days Of Ac­tivism Against Gen­der-based Vi­o­lence, held at the Bar­ba­dos Mu­seum & His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, Gar­ri­son, St Michael.

“Just be­fore the re­trench­ment pro­gramme started, Minister in the Min­istry of Fi­nance, Ryan Straughn had a con­sul­ta­tion with NOW and we looked at the lay­offs from a gen­der per­spec­tive,” she said.

“One of the things he put on the ta­ble that we are ex­plor­ing, is a po­ten­tial seat on the

So­cial Part­ner­ship.”

Hinds-layne ex­plained that that meet­ing was pri­mar­ily about how lay­offs would af­fect women specif­i­cally, as there were a num­ber of sin­gle-par­ent house­holds.

She added that if NOW was el­e­vated to the level of a So­cial Partner, other so­cial is­sues af­fect­ing women, such as do­mes­tic abuse, would be given greater pri­or­ity.

“I still think too many de­ci­sions in Bar­ba­dos are made with­out the gen­der re­al­ity be­ing taken into con­sid­er­a­tion, and hav­ing a seat at the So­cial Part­ner­ship means that we could have a bet­ter im­pact at the pol­icy level,” she added.

Hinds-layne also said that NOW’S el­e­va­tion could help the or­gan­i­sa­tion work more ef­fec­tively in terms of re­duc­ing the cases of vi­o­lence against women.

She ex­plained that there was no sin­gle au­tho­rised en­tity for abuse vic­tims to re­port to, as some women con­tacted the po­lice, Queen Elizabeth Hos­pi­tal or other so­cial ser­vices, and the in­for­ma­tion given to those agen­cies could not be ac­cessed by NOW.

The PRO main­tained that if the women’s group had ac­cess to that data, of­fi­cial statis­tics and an anal­y­sis of gen­der-based vi­o­lence could be pro­duced.

Hinds-layne said that was why it was dif­fi­cult to pro­vide re­search unique to Bar­ba­dos.

She noted con­duct­ing a sim­ple sur­vey would not solve the is­sue and a con­tin­u­ous pool of data was needed. (SB)

(Pic­ture by Jameel Springer.) (FP)

A SEC­TION of those who turned out for the launch of 16 Days Of Ac­tivism Against Gen­der-based Vi­o­lence yesterday. MAR­SHA HINDS-LAYNE, of the Na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Women.

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