By Benjamin Flowers: The Deputy Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Dr. Alexis Armstrong reaffirmed the Community’s “unwavering community and support” in the fight to eliminate family violence, especially against women and girls, at the recent virtual United Nations House Lighting Ceremony.
Caricom Today reports that ceremony was held on December 1 as part of the planned activities for the annual observance of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign under the theme, “You and Me – 16 Days to 365: END Violence Against Women Now!”
Dr. Armstrong said that the events planned for the 16 Days, which included the Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25, Human Rights Defenders’ Day on November 29, World AIDS Day on December 1, International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development on December 5, all serve to raise awareness on the scourge of violence in the region and the world.
Armstrong also said he was optimistic that the symbolic dimming of lights planned for the celebration of World Human Rights Day on December 10, would symbolize an end to tolerance and perpetuation of violence in all forms.
“We must therefore let the lights that will be turned on, shine upon positive messages that accompany 16 Days of Activism, and when these lights are dimed, they will take with them, the many infractions, incidents, and egregious acts of violence that befall women and children in our society,” Armstrong said. “After all, December 10th is Human Rights Day and we should not just commemorate the day, but indeed, we should be celebrating a new day-one free of violence and one full of love for our women and girls.”
He went on to stress that it was the responsibility of all nations to continue advocating for a violence-free Caribbean.