Address ‘cultural norms’ that contribute to gender-based violence


The Family Planning Association said that certain factors that contribute to domestic violence have become “cultural norms” in Trinidad and Tobago and should be “addressed and eliminated”.

In a press release issued Friday – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – the association called on the nation to “look within …

“… Examine our governance structure, our laws, our society, our language, our policies and practices in institutions, workplaces and places of business as well as cultural practices and norms in communities and families to introspect and examine our own mindsets, attitudes and responses to abuse in all its forms.

He said that in TT, gender-based violence can be seen as a “manifestation of restrictive gender stereotypes, expectations of gender roles and the distribution of power between the sexes,” noting a recent upsurge in local cases.

“We continued to hear reports of female victims of homicides, victims of sexual assault between non-intimate partners and assaults related to gender-based violence against members of vulnerable communities, including the migrant community.

“Plus, we know that for every reported case there are many more unreported incidents.”

He said a collective effort is needed to tackle gender-based violence and more people need to “act” rather than just watch.

“The association joins the call to action across our country to not only recognize and recognize gender-based violence as a human rights violation, but also to conscientiously identify, address in concert and eliminate the contributing factors that have, in some cases, become cultural. standards. “

Over the next 13 days, the association will embark on an activism campaign.

“We will share more about our projects and services available to the public. In the meantime, we invite our fellow citizens: Do not sweep gender-based violence under the carpet. Don’t dismiss it as a standard. It’s not who we are as a people, and it’s not something we’re going to perpetuate.

“Violence against women and girls is not acceptable. Gender-based violence in any form is not acceptable. Rather than wait for change to take hold, let’s act together. Let us all stand up collectively as allies and implement the change we want to see in all corners of society today. “

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