The Opposition Member of Parliament for Fyzabad, Dr Lackram Bodoe, is expressing concern as the United Nations marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, too many women in Trinidad and Tobago continue to be victims of violence.
MP Bodoe says the COVID-19 pandemic with the consequent lockdowns and state of emergency has created a lot of tension and conflict within certain domestic spaces.
MP Bodoe says the statistics have shown an increase in gender-based violence during this pandemic.
The Fyzabad MP claims despite the creation of a gender-based violence unit in the TTPS, and the passage of laws allowing the use of electronic bracelets, women continue to experience violence and death at the hands of persons who are known to them, including intimate partners.
MP Bodoe says as a society we need to do more to address this culture of gender-based violence.
In a media release Thursday, MP Bodoe says deeper engagement is required at the primary school level to inculcate at a young age respect for girls and women, and abhorrence of violence against women.
MP Bodoe says further strengthening the Domestic Violence Act can protect more women.
MP Bodoe is also commending the numerous organisations who continue to champion the cause of women affected by violence.
MP Bodoe said the government needs to adequately resource these civil society bodies so that they can continue their valuable work.