The Social Workers’ Association of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SWASVG) stands today with the World in recognizing the 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (GBV).
In a release, the Association says Social Workers toil tirelessly to advocate for all who experience violence – that is driven by how perpetrators view gender norms.
The Association says while it focuses on women and girls, it acknowledges that men and boys are also victims of gendered violence.
It however says that through education women have leveled the economic playing but it is quite alarming that they are still the main victims of Gender-Based Violence. Children are not exempted from GBV as they are often defenseless and voiceless to protect themselves from those who threaten their safety.
The Association says it believes that through education, advocacy and action that we can promote a nation of tolerance.
“In St. Vincent and the Grenadines, we are not free from the harsh realities of gendered violence including modern day slavery, domestic violence, rape, murders and abuse from authority figures. It’s almost ironic that as a small island nation, eradication of such actions is proving to be a challenge.” Said the Association.
Therefore, we must first confront this issue by understanding the pervasive thoughts, systems and institutions that encourage inhumane behavior. Let us all join forces to eliminate Gender-Based Violence. #GVBfreeSVG.