The Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) will host a rally on Friday to commemorate the UN designated International Women’s Day (IWD).
Entitled ‘My Sister‘s Keeper‘, the Commission’s hope is to stop violence against women and children by encouraging friends, neighbours and other bystanders to step in and intervene when they see acts of violence committed against our women and children.
The Commission said that domestic violence, in particular violence against women and girls is one of the most common forms of insecurity facing citizens in Trinidad and Tobago. In fact, a study of over one thousand women across Trinidad and Tobago has shown that one in every three women has suffered from violence at the hands of their partner.
The rally will bring together service providers, advocacy groups, governmental agencies, law enforcement agencies, private sector actors and individuals, all under a common brand and a unifying symbol, to make our communities and country free of violence against women and children, ensuring their safety, respect and well being.
The rally will congregate at the Centre City Mall Entrance today from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
The EOC is only one of a few organizations that plan to celebrate IWD.
The International Women’s Day Trinidad and Tobago will celebrate women with its 4th annual Women’s Rights and Rally at the Queens Park Savannah (Opposite Whitehall) on Saturday from 2.00pm to 5.30pm.
This year’s theme is ‘Power In Action – Honour, Encourage, Include, Act’.
The Rally includes an Info Fair, which will include a children’s corner, counselling services, legal advice and resources from community organisations. The event will also feature a short programme with dynamic speakers, poetry and musical performances.
International Women’s Day will be celebrated on Sunday, March 8.
This year’s theme is “#EachforEqual.