(Kingstown, February, 2020)The first month of the year 2020 has seen several cases of violence against women in St Vincent and the Grenadines. The latest, occurring on January 30, is reportedly of a husband fatally shooting his wife, Arianna Taylor-Israel in her head on the grounds of their son’s school during school hours. The rise in violence against women is a source of concern for groups working to stop gender based violence and others locally and across the Caribbean. Several of these groups have joined to express their anger at this epidemic, among them Red Root SVG, ECADE and Raise your Voice Saint Lucia.
“Red Root” Founder and Director, Phylicia Alexander laments, “Over the years, cases such as that of Arianna Taylor-Israel have gained significant attention. [More..]
ECADE welcomes new staff member
through the courts or via parliamentary reform,’ said spokesperson from the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Chapter of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Partnership (VincyCHAP). [More...]
Our new Admin and Membership Officer, Randall Theodule, is a longtime youth advocate. He has already amassed experience in SOGIE-advocacy and comes to ECADE with a background as a volunteer and staff member of United and Strong, a volunteer with PCI Media and ECADE. Randall has represented his country in regional and international fora including the Regional Consultation on Youth Peace and Security Resolution 2250 Voices of Latin America and the Caribbean, The 19th World Festival of Youth & Students and the First Future team meeting which was held in Moscow. He also serves as the Assistant
Re: Emancipation Park incident
Youth standing up for human rights
The regional human rights organisation works with local partner VincyCHAP to address laws and policies that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Vincentians.
VincyCHAP and ECADE says there is heightened fear among LGBTQ Vincentians, who have reported a recent increase in verbal and physical attacks, particularly in Kingstown.
ECADE's Executive Director Kenita Placide notes, “Since the challenge to Sections 146 and 148 of the SVG Criminal Code was announced, we have seen an uprising in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines that we have not seen even after horrendous assaults on innocent children and women or unprovoked attacks on citizens because of their sexuality. [More...]
The following was issued to participants at the Caribbean Women and Sexual Diversity Conference on October 7, 2019 by Neish McLean, ED of TransWaveJa.
"The planning committee would like to acknowledge that an incident happened at Emancipation Park during a tour on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at approximately 4:45pm, where one of our volunteers, a trans woman, was stopped and questioned by Shalk Security. The volunteer entered the park through the entrance on Park Boulevard along with approximately 40 other persons who were a part of the group.
(Kingstown, Feb 23, 2020) The National Council of Women of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is very concerned about the upsurge of violence against women and girls and the severity of these types of violence in our country.
This is disheartening and unacceptable. We condemn all forms of violence, and by extent violence committed against our women and children. Too many of our women and children are affected daily and the people are lamenting, we are crying out for it to stop, yet we wonder who is listening, because it happens again and again, and again. [More...]
(Castries, December 10, 2019) Inalienable, interconnected and indivisible, human rights are for everyone and the foundation of Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality Inc. (ECADE), is to help create a world where this is the reality. Human Rights Day 2019 celebrates “Youth Standing Up for Human Rights,” and ECADE supports young people in using their voice to defend their rights and to create their future.
Central to our work is strengthening regional capacity for the defence and full recognition of human rights of all people. ECADE celebrates its anniversary on Human Rights Day December 10, as it is founded on the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, that all men are created equal.
We believe youth involvement is essential in achieving a future that is fair and equal and always seek to engage youth voices towards that goal. More....
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By Randall Theodule
The International Human Rights Day 2019 theme is “Youth Standing up for Human Rights”. Taking some time to think on this year’s theme compared to years past, it resonated with me as a young person. Often times we think of those “standing for human rights” or “advocating for human rights” as those who are older than us young people between the ages of 12-29. Youth have always been a voice for the voiceless. We see young people championing change and advocating for the rights of LGBTQI+ people, women & girls and for issues like climate change .[...MORE}
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Laws that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are relics of the colonial era and should be struck off the law-books in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, says a local organisation working to reduce HIV infection rates in the country.
The current legal challenge was not brought by VincyCHAP, and we were not made aware of it before it was filed. However, we firmly believe that these outdated laws have no place in our lawbooks, and would welcome them being confined to history, whether
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