November 11 saw the launch of the Purple Bench Campaign Project on the sister isle of Tobago.
This initiative is a collaboration between the Community-Based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme (C.E.P.E.P.) and Women of Substance Tobago.
Community public spaces will now be transformed as a medium to promote awareness on the issue of domestic violence. This would be done by strategically painting and placing anti-domestic violence messages on benches in the C.E.P.E.P. green spaces across Tobago.
Founder of Women of Substance Tobago, Ms Onika Mars, shared her experience of domestic violence which birthed the non-profit organization – Women of Substance.
Ms. Mars along with C.E.P.E.P. Coordinator Ms. Janelle Berkley both expressed their enthusiasm about the partnership as they seek to sensitize the various communities throughout Tobago about domestic violence.
On the Division’s behalf, the benches were unveiled by Assemblyman Marslyn Melville Jack, Secretary of Community Development, Enterprise Development and Labour, Administrator Haynsley Trim and C.E.P.E.P. Coordinator Janelle Berkley. Ms. Onika Mars lead her team of four in the unveiling on behalf of Women of Substance Tobago.