Opposition Leader: violence against women/girls continues in T&T

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    Despite strides by women in every field over the past decades, violence against girls and women continues to plague T&T.

    This lament comes from Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar in her message to mark International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women.

    The United Nations defines violence against women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.”

    Mrs Persad-Bissessar says there are still many reports of women suffering at the hands of abusive partners or girls being physically harmed and abused by others.

    Many more, she adds, suffer in silence.

    She believes however that strides are being made, and commended Police Commissioner Gary Griffith for his work in setting up the Gender-based Violence Unit of the Police Service.

    She also called on citizens to do their part to create a safer society for girls and women.