CYPAN call to action against gender based violence

Press Release:-On the advent of yet another homicide which brings alarm to the an unprecedented number of homicides for the year so far to 20, the Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network who advocates for Peace and countering violent extremism, is perturbed by the rising cases of Gender Based Violence.

CYPAN, a youth-led initiative sanctioned through the commonwealth secretariat, strongly believes no one has to live in fear of this kind of behaviour, especially in a home where society demonstrates family values where relationships are to be peaceful, healthy and respectful.

CYPAN vehemently opposes any form of gender base violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation; we call on all stakeholders to provide such mechanism which hinders such acts.

CYPAN adds its voice by making several calls on the various stakeholders.

We call upon the government:

  • To sustain its efforts in taking action against perpetrators of gender based violence. Reaffirm a gender violations unit within the national security ministry and an emergency helpline where citizens can confidently report acts of gender based violence and seek support.
  • Hold to account security agencies/or persons who fail to deliver on their roles
  • Build knowledge and awareness of better treatment and handling of gender equality in the education curriculum from elementary to higher level.
  • Sensitize citizens on their expected roles and responsibilities of ensuring their own safety and security as well as their neighbours and the existing country’s mechanisms for protecting them

We call upon our leaders:

  • The Governor General, Prime Minister, the opposition, Parliamentarians, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Assembly President, Members of Parliament, the Senators, Permanent Secretaries and other leaders to be united in saying an absolute no to violence especially Gender based violence.
  • To resist from  justifying the acts of violence in any way

We call upon the police force:

  • To fully maintain law and order
  • To sensitively deal with survivors of violence and lodge all cases of violence reported by survivors.
  • To give due priority to cases of gender based violence and deal with alleged perpetrators appropriately.

We call upon the judiciary:

  • To ensure that justice is served, and served fast

We call upon Faith based Organizations:

  • To institute programmes of action to shift gender insensitive ideologies and practices among their followers

We call upon men

  • To be champions for the cause of women’s rights.
  • To say no to violence against their mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives in their homes, villages, communities and society at large, by speaking out against it, and stepping in to help

We call upon women

  • To say no to violence against them by reporting such cases
  • To break the silence and speak out against violence
  • To seek out for help in cases of violence
  • To protect themselves by changing their mindset, attitude and practices
  • To walk away from any sight of abuse

We call upon Citizens

  • To continue to publicly condemn such acts of violence
  • To report cases of violence as survivors or as witnesses and demand justice
  • To continue to campaign for the government to enforce law and order and punish the guilty
  • To identify constructive avenues and communicate/engage with each other rather than reverting to violence.
  • To raise generations with a sense of love and respect for others

CYPAN also believes that more education should be done in schools and youth settings to raise awareness especially to our young men and boys on gender equality and encouraging healthy and respectful view on girls and young women.

Let us all build positive social change which will in the end aggressively tackle and ultimately reduce and possibly end gender based violence in our Country.



  1. Anonymous
    April 11, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    The second to last paragraph is pathetic. The news item is based on a ” Woman who has committed murder” and you talking about ” awareness especially to our young men and boys on gender equality”. So women and girls do not need this type of education also. What garbage is this. What support to Gender Based Violence are you showing, when preaching that is “especially Men and Boys” and not making any statement to the women and girls of whom it is seen that gender based violence have increased.

    1. Bd- harley rider
      April 11, 2017 at 9:48 pm

      You’re the one that’s pathetic.
      We live in a culture where women are looked down upon and men are elevated simply because WE are men. A culture and society where girls are taught to be proper and “boys will be boys”. As a father of both boys,4,(men and young men) and girls,2,(young women), I believe it is vitality more important that boys/ young men be taught what it is to be a man. Being a man is not disrespecting or being abusive to women.
      You’re right the article is about a woman killing a man but how often does that take place? That is such an anomaly. Men abusing women is much, much more prevalent.
      So yes we, men, need to teach our sons what a real man is. If we model the proper behavior towards the women in our lives the children in our lives will learn and they in turn when they become adults will do the same.
      Yes, there are violent people male and female
      Law enforcement in st. Lucia will kick down your door if a neighbor calls them to say they saw you smoking a stick of marijuana, but that same neighbor won’t call if they hear you beating the crap out of your wife and if they did call, the police would not respond with the same urgency.
      An animal is most dangerous when it is injured or feels trapped. If the women of slu felt that they had some kind of recourse or help when they are being abused then it probably would never get to the point of a life being lost.

      We need to remember that when we, men, disrespect or abuse one woman we do it to all. That includes our mothers, grandmother’s, sisters, aunts and daughters.

      So yeah, we have to start with ourselves(MEN)

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