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Royal Bahamas Female Police Participates in Non-Violence Seminar

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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.

The Abaconian | PADF Launches Women's Non-Violence Initiative in Bahamas

The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) launched a program to raise awareness regarding gender-based violence in The Bahamas on Nov. 29 through Dec. 2.

The program is called the Women’s Initiative for Non-Violence and Development (WIND).

Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL), WIND “seeks to improve the capacity of law enforcement, the justice sector and communities to respond to and prevent gender based violence in The Bahamas.” WIND also raises awareness and shares information and best practices among agencies to best address the issue.

WIND conferences took place free of charge on New Providence, Grand Bahama, Cat Island, and at the Anglican Parish Hall on Abaco in observance of the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (IDEVAW), which takes place on Nov. 25.

Valerie Dean, president of the Rotary Club of Abaco, was the moderator. The Rotary Club partnered with PADF for the event.

According to Maria Elena Nazar, PADF’s program manager, there was a great amount of engagement and participation from everyone attending the conferences.

“It’s amazing that this is a topic that is currently being discussed in The Bahamas, and everybody wants to talk about it, share their perspective and definitely break the silence,” Nazar said. “We are very happy to be here; this initiative will take 14 months to implement.

“Our program consists of different components – one large component is grants that will be awarded to different organizations that will participate in a formal proposal process. We look forward to all of the great results that we are going to have here in The Bahamas.”

She said that gender-based violence appears to be a major issue based on the perspectives of those who spoke during the conference, and agreed that it is an issue that affects men as well as women.

“It’s about finding a common ground where both actors can come together – not as male or female – but as individuals, as humans.”

A 2015 report published by the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development, confirmed that gender-based violence is a major public health issue, and that The Bahamas is the leading Caribbean country with the highest recorded occurrences of rape in the world.

The keynote speaker was Miriam Roache, principal expert on gender-based violence from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. During her remarks, Roache shared some of her perspectives on gender-based violence.

“The main causes of gender-based violence are rooted in discrimination and gender inequalities based on gender roles. It is one of the most pervasive human rights violations of the world and has enormous physical and emotional consequences for its victims,” Roache stated.

Although she mentioned that there are numerous obstacles faced by The Bahamas, she outlined a list of resources that are available in terms of legislation and significant advances made to prevent violence against women.

“Thus we must continue to be determined to make a difference; we have a civil and moral responsibility to end violence against women. We must continue to pledge the use of our good offices to remove this scourge. It is incumbent on all of us to put our hearts and heads together to effect – change – to end violence against women,” she challenged.

Opening remarks were also made by Pastor Silbert Mills, CEO of the Bahamas Christian Network (BCN); Charo Morley, PADF country coordinator; John Bush, political officer of the U.S. Department of State; and Island Administrator Charles Moss.

Panelists included: Supt. Hilton Cash of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF); Ettamae Jones, senior welfare officer of the Dept. of Social Services; Devina Leach, counselor; and Valerie Pratt, clinic administrator of the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic.

Each of the panelists presented their gender-based violence concerns within their areas of work, and later carried out a question and answer session with the participantsrepresenting various government agencies. They were separated into five groups and given a list of guiding questions to discuss.

The questions addressed challenges faced by the community regarding gender-based violence, perceptions and stereotypes, who is most affected by it, a list of organizations that provide support, any affected groups not attended to, areas that needed strengthening, and the main message of raising awareness about gender-based violence.

Caribbean News Now | Raising Awareness About Gender-based Violence in Bahamas

FREEPORT, Bahamas -- With funding from the US government, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is launching a women’s initiative for non-violence in The Bahamas. 

Gender-based violence “constitutes a major public health issue” in The Bahamas, according to a 2015 report published by the Bahamas ministry of social services and community development. Three Caribbean countries have among the highest recorded incidents of rape in the world: The Bahamas, followed by St Vincent and the Grenadines and Jamaica, the report states. 

The Women’s Initiative for Non-Violence and Development (WIND) seeks to improve the capacity of law enforcement, the justice sector and communities to respond to and prevent gender-based violence in The Bahamas. The initiative aims to raise awareness and share information and best practices among agencies in order to better address this issue. 

PADF will host four conferences around the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (IDEVAW), observed on November 25. 

The first WIND conference will be held in Freeport, Grand Bahama on November 29, followed by a conference in Nassau, New Providence, on December 1. Additional events will be held in Marsh Harbour, Abaco (Dec 2); and Knowles, Cat Island (Dec 2). 

“The key to combatting gender-based violence is to bring it out into the open,” said Liza Mantilla, director of disaster management of PADF. “The first step is awareness. In order to tackle the problem head-on, we need to talk about it. Together, we can find ways that communities can work together to react appropriately when it occurs, but also to prevent it from happening.” 

This year’s United Nations observance highlights the need for funding for initiatives that prevent and end gender-based violence. According to the UN’s UNiTE campaign, adequate funding is essential to bring “real and significant changes in the lives of women and girls.” 

With support from the US government, WIND will also provide financial support through grants to nonprofits in The Bahamas to strengthen their programming. 

“Violence against women is a global problem,” says a US embassy spokesperson. “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 supporting nonprofits in the Bahamas that are already carrying out the important work of violence prevention and to provide them with the information needed to succeed and grow.” 

PADF operates throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to generate economic opportunities, advance social progress, strengthen civil society, and prepare for and respond to natural disasters and humanitarian crises. In 2015, the Foundation reached more than 17 million people in 21 countries. Headquartered in Washington D.C., PADF has field offices and projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Program to Raise Awareness about Gender Based Violence in Bahamas

U.S. Government Funds Conferences, Grants to Combat Violence Against Women

Freeport, Grand Bahama (November 29, 2016) — With funding from the U.S. Government, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is launching a women’s initiative for non-violence in the Bahamas.                          

Gender based violence “constitutes a major public health issue” in the Bahamas, according to a 2015 report published by the Bahamas Ministry of Social Services and Community Development. Three Caribbean countries have among the highest recorded incidents of rape in the world: The Bahamas, followed by St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Jamaica, the report states.

The Women’s Initiative for Non-Violence and Development (WIND) seeks to improve the capacity of law enforcement, the justice sector and communities to respond to and prevent gender based violence in the Bahamas. The initiative aims to raise awareness and share information and best practices among agencies in order to better address this issue.

PADF will host four conferences around the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (IDEVAW), observed on November 25.

The first WIND conference will be held in Freeport, Grand Bahama on November 29, followed by a conference in Nassau, New Providence, on December 1. Additional events will be held in Marsh Harbour, Abaco (Dec 2); and Knowles, Cat Island (Dec 2). 

“The key to combatting gender-based violence is to bring it out into the open,” says Liza Mantilla, Director of Disaster Management of PADF. “The first step is awareness. In order to tackle the problem head-on, we need to talk about it. Together, we can find ways that communities can work together to react appropriately when it occurs, but also to prevent it from happening.”

This year’s United Nations observance highlights the need for funding for initiatives that prevent and end gender-based violence. According to the UN’s UNiTE campaign, adequate funding is essential to bring “real and significant changes in the lives of women and girls.”

With support from the U.S. Government, WIND will also provide financial support through grants to nonprofits in the Bahamas to strengthen their programing

“Violence against women is a global problem,” says a U.S. EMBASSY Spokesperson. “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 supporting nonprofits in the Bahamas that are already carrying out the important work of violence prevention and to provide them with the information needed to succeed and grow.”

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

Women’s Initiative for Non-Violence and Development (WIND) Conference Schedule: 

Freeport, Grand Bahama
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
9:00 am - 3:00 pm Registration starts at 8:30 am
Cornelius A. Smith
Complex
Mall Drive

Nassau, New Providence
Thursday, December 1, 2016
9:00 am - 3:00 pm Registration starts at 8:30 am
Grace Community Church Herbert L. Treco
Fellowship & Hospitality Centre
21 Grace Avenue, Palmetto Village
(Off Marathon Road)

Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Friday, December 2, 2016
9:00 am - 3:00 pm Registration starts at 8:30 am
Burial Society
Dundas Town 

Knowles, Cat Island
Friday, December 2, 2016
9:00 am - 3:00 pm Registration starts at 8:30 am
Media Center
Knowles Village