Is­sue de­serves me­dia’s at­ten­tion

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - OPINION -

On Sun­day, Nov. 25 I at­tended an im­por­tant com­mu­nity event along with a large gath­er­ing of con­cerned cit­i­zens at the Ber­nice Par­rott stage at city hall.

Im­por­tant per­sons in au­thor­ity were there to speak in sup­port of an in­ter­na­tional event: stop­ping vi­o­lence against women and girls world­wide. This is an all per­va­sive hu­man rights vi­o­la­tion that ex­ists ev­ery­where in the world, in­clud­ing the Quinte re­gion.

Has your pa­per not ad­dressed such vi­o­la­tions as traf­fick­ing young girls? You gen­er­ously gave cov­er­age when a dep­u­ta­tion of hu­man rights ac­tivists ( ie. Amnesty In­ter­na­tional, United Nations and Quinte Gran­nies for Africa - Stephen Lewis Foun­da­tion) came to ap­pear be­fore city coun­cil ask­ing for its sup­port of this wor­thy cause. City hall ac­knowl­edged the sig­nif­i­cance and the need to ad­dress vi­o­lence against women and girls and de­clared the dates from Novem­ber 25 to De­cem­ber 10 as a time of aware­ness and protest against this mon­strous con­di­tion.

I am per­plexed that The Intelligencer, which was present at the Novem­ber 25 gath­er­ing, did not see fit to print a fol­low- up ar­ti­cle re­gard­ing this event as a log­i­cal pro­gres­sion of in­for­ma­tion to the com­mu­nity at large.

Does this not sug­gest kick­ing suf­fer­ing women and girls to the curb?

The need to work to­ward re­duc­ing their suf­fer­ing does not end on De­cem­ber 10, but at least dur­ing this time of Novem­ber 25 to De­cem­ber 10 aware­ness is raised for your read­ers and, hope­fully, oth­ers that your news­pa­per reaches. He­len Kelly Belleville

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