(Castries, December 9, 2015) Youth activists in Saint Lucia will this year launch a new campaign to mark International Human Rights Day, observed annually on the December 10th. The campaign dubbed, “What’s your position?” also seeks to raise awareness of the16 Days of
Activism against Gender-Based Violence from November 25th to December 10th. Conceptualised and executed by United and Strong Inc.’s Unity and Empowerment for Change (UE4C) youth group, the campaign is funded by UNDP Barbados and the OECS, and developed under the Social Innovation for Change programme, which presents an opportunity to engage with youth as agents of change in making that shift from national to citizen security.
“What’s your position?” celebrates our differences as individuals, in keeping with the recognition of these important days to raise public awareness and mobilise people everywhere to bring about change. It will utilise social media and community based interventions to share the real life experiences of persons who have been exposed to discrimination and gender based violence.
A major activity under the project will be the screening of a film dubbed “Acceptance”. This film demonstrates the real, tragic and triumphant, experiences of an LGBT person as a survivor of gender based violence and discrimination within her work place. Not to be dismissed as only a movie nor to exploit shock value, the film advocates the truth of this issue, to encourage self-reflection and motivate us to action, asking the question, “What’s Your Position?”.
The release of the film is set to coincide with UN-Women’s Step It Up to End Violence Against Women and Girls Film Festival. Saint Lucia is doing its part by stepping up to engage allies and community members on December 11 at the very first screening of the mini documentary “Acceptance”.
United and Strong has been a change agent locally, nationally and regionally with the goal of equality and justice for all, particularly lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) people. This Human Rights Day, U&S and UE4C urge everyone to look at the humanity of all, to remember that the rights afforded for oneself should be afforded to one’s neighbour and also to the stranger across the road. As we celebrate the milestone of fifteen years of existence under the theme “Year of the Community: Education, Acceptance, Love”, we are reminded that human rights are not for some but are for all.