Crime Prevention

Across Bahamas, Neighbors Gather to Address Gender-Based Violence

In conjunction with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW), PADF organized four events in the Bahamas to eliminate gender-based violence. The events gathered neighbors, police, and community leaders to discuss the most pressing issues related to gender-based violence. Convening together allowed neighbors to speak up - in some cases for the first time - about issues that have largely been accepted as a cultural norm.

The Bahamas ranks among the highest in recorded incidents of rape in the world, beckoning an urgent response. Pervading gender based violence “constitutes a major public health issue” in the Bahamas, according to a 2015 report by the Bahamas Ministry of Social Services and Community Development.

The discussions did not exclusively focus on violence against women. The victims of gender-based violence, as it was pointed out, can be men as well.

Attendees broke off into groups to discuss prevalent issues.

Attendees broke off into groups to discuss prevalent issues.

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Intolerable Global Facts on Gender-Based Violence:

  • In developing countries, only half of women aged 15-49 make their own decisions about consensual sex or use of contraceptives.
  • In 2012, half of all female victims of intentional homicide were killed by an intimate partner or family member.
  • Research also shows that achieving gender equality helps in preventing conflict
    Source: UN

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After recording the most pressing issues and potential solutions, each group presented their findings.

After recording the most pressing issues and potential solutions, each group presented their findings.

Achieving violence-free households and communities will require intentional efforts and cooperation from civil society, governments, and police authorities.

“By increasing awareness and uniting the right people, communities can identify actionable steps to eliminate gender based violence," said Roberto Obando, Program Director of the Caribbean at PADF. "Together, we can prevent violence from happening and react appropriately when it occurs.”

Events took place in Cat Island, Exuma Island, Long Island, and New Providence Island during the second week of December, 2017.


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Local Leaders, Community Members to Unite in Conferences Against Gender Violence

#16days, #OrangeTheWorld, #EndGBV

Nassau, Bahamas (December 5, 2017) — The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is hosting four events in the Bahamas to combat gender based violence with funds from the U.S. Government.

The events seek to unite local police, raise awareness and discuss issues surrounding violence against women and girls. Gender based violence “constitutes a major public health issue” in the Bahamas, according to a 2015 report by the Bahamas Ministry of Social Services and Community Development. The Bahamas ranks among the highest in recorded incidents of rape in the world, beckoning an urgent response.

“Violence against women plagues communities in the Bahamas,” said Roberto Obando, Program Director of the Caribbean at PADF. “By increasing awareness and uniting the right people, communities can identify actionable steps to eliminate gender based violence. Together, we can prevent violence from happening and react appropriately when it occurs.”

The events are part of the Women’s Initiative for Non-Violence and Development (WIND), an 18-month project which seeks to improve the effectiveness of law enforcement, the justice sector and communities to respond to and prevent gender based violence in the Bahamas.

PADF will hold conferences in Nassau, Exuma, Long Island and Cat Island, coinciding with the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (IDEVAW). This year, the IDEVAW campaign focuses on “Leaving no one Behind,” especially women and girls who are underserved and marginalized, including victims of disaster and conflict.

“Violence against women is a global problem,” said Penny Rechkemmer, Public Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy in the Bahamas. “Our hope is that through WIND events, stakeholders will receive the tools needed to take the message of prevention back to their own communities. We are also committed to providing nonprofits in the Bahamas with the information needed to succeed and grow.”

All events are free. Registration is required. To participate, please e-mail wind@padf.org.

Conference Schedule:

Nassau, New Providence
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
9:00 am - 3:15 pm. Registration starts at 8:30 am
The Paul Farquharson Center

Exuma
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Registration starts at 9:30 am
The Resource Center
George Town

Long Island
Friday, December 8, 2017
10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Registration starts at 9:30 am
Community Center
Clarence Town Long Island

Cat Island
Saturday, December 9, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Registration starts at 8:30am
Knowles Media Center  

About PADF

The Pan American Development Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, brings together many stakeholders to improve livelihoods, empower communities, strengthen civil society, support human rights, protect the environment and respond to natural disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean. Established by the Organization of American States in 1962, PADF has worked in every country in the region. In the last decade, PADF has reached more than 92 million people, investing over $600 million in development resources throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. For more information, visit www.padf.org.

Royal Bahamas Female Police Participates in Non-Violence Seminar

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This story was originally published on royalbahamaspolice.org.

On Friday 1st September, 2017, female officers of the Force participated in a Women's Initiative for Non-Violence and Development (WIND) Seminar held at the Paul Farquharson Conference Center at Police Headquarters. 

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), one in three women will experience domestic violence globally, and the caribbean islands has an even higher rate of sexual violence than the global average, but with support from the U.S. State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), and the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), the officers were given information about gender base violence (GBV) and how to deal with it. 

Lecturers for the seminar included Gaynell Curry; Director of the Department of Gender and Family Affairs, 
and Ms. Ayla Roberts and Ms. Lelia Green from The Crisis Center. 

Bringing remarks from the RBPF were Assistant Commissioner of Police Mrs. Ismela Davis-Delancy, Father Stephen Davies Force Chaplin and Detective Superintendent Shanta Knowles (CDU). 

Project coordinator was Ms Latara Evans of the Pan American Development Fund (PADF) Country Project.

Conference on Crime Prevention in the Caribbean

Paramaribo, Suriname (June 13, 2017) – The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) will host a regional crime prevention conference in Paramaribo, Suriname. The event will bring together stakeholders from several Caribbean countries to exchange best practices, tools and discuss challenges in addressing crime and violence.

Since 2013, PADF has been implementing a regional program that uses a community-based approach to reduce crime and violence among at-risk youth in the Caribbean. Funded by the U.S. State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, the Resistance and Prevention Program (RAPP) encourages collaboration between law enforcement agencies, government institutions and community groups in Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the Bahamas.

“Our crime prevention activities have touched thousands of lives in the Caribbean,” says Roberto Obando, PADF Program Director. “This conference is a unique opportunity to bring together participants from around the region to talk about what’s working and what can be improved. Only by working together can we address the root causes of crime.”

To date, the RAPP program has reached more than 8,000 people through crime prevention and community policing programs. The program’s main objective is to build mutual trust between police and law enforcement so that communities can work hand in hand with officials to prevent crime.

Representatives from Trinidad, the Bahamas and Suriname are expected to attend the conference, including senior police officers, lawyers, magistrates, citizen security experts and staff from government ministries including education, national security and urban renewal. 

“We are encouraged by the amount of collaboration and community engagement around reducing crime in the Caribbean,” says Julisara Mathew, Economic Officer of the U.S. Embassy. “The goal is to build on the work that has been done with the RAPP program and continue the dialogue about finding long-term solutions to address crime and violence.”

The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. on June 13, 2017 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Paramaribo, and will include remarks by representatives from the U.S. Embassy and the Government of Suriname. Some of the speakers are: Jody Witt from the University of Colorado, Andrew Stroude, former Magistrate of Trinidad & Tobago; Catherine DeLaura and Molly Hamm from the Dream Project in the Dominican Republic;  Courtney Brown, from the USAID-funded crime prevention program in Guyana; Hans De Greve from Suriname, and many other scholars and practitioners in the field of citizen security and justice.

The two-day workshop will include discussions on juvenile justice reform, inter-agency collaboration, community engagement to conduct crime prevention activities, school-based crime interventions, youth positive development programs, evidence-based practices to reduce crime and more.

PADF works as a strong advocate for positive youth development throughout the region. Our initiatives focus on employment generation, leadership training, crime and violence prevention and civic participation.

About PADF

The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is an affiliate of the Organization of American States. It was established in 1962 to implement projects that benefit vulnerable and excluded people in Latin America and the Caribbean through the development of public-private partnerships and promotion of corporate social investing. In 2016, the foundation mobilized $95 million, reaching more than 8 million people in 18 countries. www.padf.org

Bahamas Islands Info | PADF and Ministry of Education "Law Day" Initiative Helps Youth Learn Aspects of the Law

Bahamas Islands Info | PADF and Ministry of Education "Law Day" Initiative Helps Youth Learn Aspects of the Law

This initiative, which is part of the broader Resistance and Prevention Program (RAPP) that aims to build mutual trust between the police, the government and the youth of the country, offered one-hundred students from eight high schools the opportunity to participate in a job-shadowing program called “Law Day” on October 2.