Catherine Sealys, the President of Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia Inc, has expressed concern about violence against girls in this country, as countries around the globe observe October 11, 2017 as ‘International Day of the Girl.’
The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.
“We are concerned about security, the well being of girls in this country,” Catherine Sealys noted.
She observed that Saint Lucia has recorded a number of cases of rape and sexual assault.
The Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia Inc President recalled that two girls who were arrested and charged after being ‘basically assaulted over social media by a senior policy maker within the government of Saint Lucia.’
She stated that the two have very serious charges hanging over them.
“We believe and stand by our assertion that this was a major injustice against girls in this country,” Sealys stated.
Catherine Sealys said she was surprised and disappointed that despite the number of social agencies and government institutions in Saint Lucia, no activities were held to observe ‘Day of the Girl’.
“The girls of today are going to be the women of tomorrow – they are going to be the mothers, they are going to be the nurturers, they are going to be the employers, the leaders of tomorrow, and I am disappointed that nothing was done today to recognise girls,” the Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia Inc President declared.
She spoke of the need for the authorities to not only recognise ‘Day of the Girl’ but to continue public education on the challenges faced by girls especially in relation to violence.
She warned that if girls are not nurtured and protected in the proper way, Saint Lucia will have to confront a number of social issues that will affect all the economic progress the country hopes to make.
“It is going to affect the tourism industry that we speak so highly and are so protective of and we need to do what is necessary for girls so that our society can grow,”Sealys asserted.