A women’s march against violence has been planned for Soufriere on September 22 about 3.00 pm.
The event has been organised by the Soufriere Youth and Sports Council, Sergeant Shervon Matthieu under his hashtag ‘A Cop Who Cares’ and the Guardians Club.
Matthieu told St Lucia Times that the club is headed by former beauty pageant contestant Maygan Pascal.
Pascal was attacked on her way home last month by an assailant at Town Extension, Soufriere resulting in her hospitalisation.
“In light of this incident we had conversations and we decided to do this walk against violence against women,” Matthieu explained.
He disclosed that the event will include a march around the town and a lecture on personal safety by him.
Matthieu said he will also be distributing some of his books on personal safety to persons in attendance.
He said the day will end with an activity at the Soufriere beach park.
“Basically we are doing it just to sensitize persons to personal safety and the safety of the community,” Matthieu told St Lucia Times.
He observed that some areas of the community have insufficient lighting.
“At other times people who work late at the hotels in Soufriere walk home on their own and sometimes walking home alone after work is not safe,” Matthieu stated.
He said the initiative is an effort by the community and the police to emphasise personal safety put an end to violence against women.