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The Spotlight Initiative in Trinidad and Tobago held a series of joint virtual dialogues with Government and civil society stakeholders for 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence in accordance with the global theme: Orange The World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect.

To kick off the online conversations, The Spotlight Initiative collaborated with the CEDAW Committee of Trinidad and Tobago (CCoTT) and Women of Substance Tobago to host a discussion on; "Examining Rejection and Loving D' healthy Way." UN Resident Coordinator, Marina Walter and EU Delegation's Chargé d’Affaires, Mr. Sanjin Soldatic opened the session reaffirming a joint commitment to gender-equality and women's empowerment.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Trinidad and Tobago experienced a surge in reported domestic abuse incidents with 47 women killed this year alone. Aired live via the UN Trinidad & Tobago Facebook page and with one panel televised on Trinidad and Tobago Television (TTT), the discussions in collaboration with representatives from government, civil society organisations and UN agencies covered a range of issues including child abuse, violence in the workplace, data on gender-based violence and service delivery in the justice system.

Photo Credit: Spotlight Programme Trinidad and Tobago

Speaking at one panel, acting Superintendent Claire Guy-Alleyne in the Gender-Based Violence Unit of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) noted that a paradigm shift in gender perceptions and norms starts with the "way we culture and socialise our children, the way we teach them what love looks like and how to deal with conflict."

In November, UN Secretary-General, General António Guterres called for a global redoubling of efforts to end gender-based violence forever.

To view all panel discussions, click here.