Raise Your Voice: Our women leaders continue to fail us!

Press Release:-In Saint Lucia, women and girls continue to be subjected to violence, such as Domestic Violence & Murder, Rape, Sexual Abuse, Social Media Pornography Abuse, etc, at no time did women hear a strong statement or position from female parliamentarians and heads of public sector agencies mandated to be lead advocates on women’s issues.

While it is assumed that women’s presence in parliament and other public sector agencies will automatically lead to the production of policies and legislation that will transform the lives of women, this is not so, women parliamentarians become agents of political parties which exert powerful restraining influence on the possibility for setting the policy or legislative agenda to benefit women and girls and public sector agency managers also, become masters of self and job preservation, to women’s detriment.

Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia Inc is deeply disappointed that after more than twelve (12) years the OECS Family Law Bills designed to provide protection to women and children is still in consultation stage with no set date for implementation and no lead voice in parliament, while women and girls continue to endure extreme forms of violence.

Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia Inc calls on the Government of Saint Lucia specifically the Prime Minister, Attorney General, Hon Sarah FloodBeaubrun, Hon. Gale T.C. Rigobert, Hon. Mary Isaac and Hon. Fortuna Belrose to move with alacrity to ensure a legislative agenda to minimize persistent cases of violence against women and girls in St. Lucia, specifically the new trend of videotaping women and girls during sexual abuse and rape then uploading to social media.

Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia Inc, further calls on the Minister of National Security Hon. Hermangild Francis to provide the Sexual Assault Response Team and the Vulnerable Persons Unit (VPU) within the Royal St. Lucia Police Force the necessary resources to mitigate and investigate crime against women and girls.

9 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    June 12, 2017 at 8:01 am

    So what

  2. Anonymous
    June 12, 2017 at 8:28 am

    I do agree. Our female leaders should show support and try to push this ageNda.

  3. Vibz
    June 12, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Women and children, especially girls, are very vulnerable to lewd and violent abuses in society. They must be given special protection. Government must ensure that the necessary legislation, organizations and institutions are in place to protect our females from the depraved minds in our communities. This should be a priority. Minister Ubaldus should have been fired with immediate effect for his utterly filthy and vile action. When the government fails to act in a case such as Minister Raymond’s, it sends the wrong message to the rest of the country. The message is that you can get away unscathed for indecent acts committed against our females even if they are stilt teenagers.

  4. Anonymous
    June 12, 2017 at 10:06 am

    There are at least 12 calypsoes that have been penned about Ebaldus this Carnival season and yet he and his cabinet colleagues including the PM have no shame and he remains as a Minister! Shame on all of them!!!!!

  5. The One
    June 12, 2017 at 11:01 am

    I agree some women are being treated bad but these sex videos are not rape, the women in these videos are actually coaching their camera guys and asking for what they want and how they want it done. So what can women in parliament do except talk.

  6. Vernita Maryat
    June 12, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Raise your voice. These women are in office only one year now. The only way we can get change is when we raise credible voices. Voices like yours impede progress because these voices are not consistent they are selective. If we want to see change lets us raise credible voices. If you are serious use your influence. Get an audience with the officials named and propose a way forward. Trying to call them up in the media does not achieve anything and you know that. What is your motive? We all share the view that something has to be done. Try something responsible for a change and let’s bring meaningful solutions to this problem,

  7. 666
    June 12, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    They already made it big, so why should they care about other women and girls?/Sarcasm.

  8. Society
    June 12, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Let’s get it right….with all the education our women have they are followers…..imagine our women laws were made by men….now look now ull want to politicalise the whole issue…..its just talk talk talk…

  9. Joni
    June 13, 2017 at 1:36 am

    I can’t see how well known people making comments will lead to changes in the poor behavior. In many cases technology only highlight the depravity and hypocrisy that have long existed in society. Adults need to take full responsibility for the behavior of these youngsters. Every child have parents called “Mothers” and “Fathers” who have an obligation to provide love and care to ensure that the child becomes a solid man or woman capable of making a positive contribution in life. Let us start with better parenting and stop depending on the voice of “authority figures”.

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