Starting this week, the UWI St Augustine Campus will engage in 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.
Campus activities will be spearheaded by the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, in collaboration with the Division of Student Services and Development and the Students’ Guild.
16 Days of Activism is an organising strategy around the world for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls and is in keeping with the UN Secretary-General’s UN1TE by 2030 campaign.
Activities will include:
- Filling the Gaps – November 23, 2-4 pm, Daaga Auditorium: launch of a partnership with Bankers’ Association of Trinidad and Tobago and of the IGDS Bilingual Toolkit, as well as the introduction of the Oversight Committee for Next Phase Research and Advocacy
- Walk a Mile in my Shoes – On November 25, there will be a panel discussion, a display of victim/survivor stories and an NGO village at the Daaga Auditorium. The panel discussion will culminate with a candlelight silent walk on the campus and a symbolic lighting of candles to represent the ongoing activism and the triumph of survivors over domestic violence.
- Clothes Line Project: Zero Tolerance – From November 28– December 10: The Student Guild joins this global initiative to recognise the strength of survivors and increase awareness among the Campus community with their Clothes Line Project: Zero Tolerance. They will share anonymous stories and content on t-shirts hung on clothes lines at the Student Activity Centre, Canada Hall, Sir Arthur Lewis Hall, and Joyce Gibson Hall as well as virtually on social media platforms.
- Art Against Violence – Staff, students and alumni are invited to make a statement to end sexual harassment and sexual violence in general via their Art Against Violence or by making a 30-60 second declaration against sexual harassment and violence with relevant taglines such as: Stop Harassment Now! It’s the Perpetrator’s Fault!! / Live Life Hands-Free! Keep your hands to yourself! / Being in Control of Yourself is True Power. Be a Consent Specialist! Demand Better! / Stop Harassment Now! We are more than bodies!