Too much violence against women

IN spite of the many pieces of legislation passed in TT to protect women, Congress of the People (COP) leader Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan said there is still too much discrimination and violence against women.

Exploring the laws which created offences for rape, domestic violence and sexual assault, she observed at an International Women’s Day (IWD) forum at the Susamachar Presbyterian Church, San Fernando, on Friday, “we still have so much of that in this country.”

“The bottom line is that the legislative hammer cannot solve this problem. So as much as we want to go to the Parliament and pass laws, that is not the solution.”

“The solution lies within our own socio-cultural norms. The legacy, the patriarchal society we live in, the colonialism.”

She said the United Nations has recognised that in order to break from that past and to make this change, has come up with the theme, think equal, build smart and innovate for change.

“We have to stop doing business as usual. We have to disrupt what we are doing if we are going to achieve that balanced world by the year 2030.”

She said the balance for better campaign must be taken to the boardrooms, for governance, in all professions and disciplines, “because it allows communities and countries to thrive.”