Carib Beer should sensitise staff about gender-based violence

first_imgDear Editor,The Caribbean Voice (www.caribvoice.org) joins with other non-government organisations (NGO) and women’s rights organisations in calling upon Carib Beer to go beyond a public apology in expressing their contribution for the awful ad that was both offensive and insensitive to women and gender-based violence victims and activists in Guyana and the rest of the Caribbean.We call upon Carib Beer and all companies regionally to take steps to sensitise all staff about gender-based violence. In the context of Guyana, TCV has already held sensitisation workshops with a few companies while a number of others have also requested such workshops. We also call upon Carib Beer to concretely support the efforts of activists regionally to address gender-based violence via support of training and sensitisation efforts.In this latter regard, Carib Beer should consider coming on board the annual anti-violence candlelight vigil, which focuses on various forms of violence including domestic violence and related issues such as suicide, sexual abuse, child abuse and elderly abuse and which does not require any significant financial layout. Set for September 9 this year, this vigil is on the verge of becoming a Region wide event, with St Vincent and Trinidad and Tobago coming on board this year and plans on stream to reach out to other Caribbean nations to join in from next year.Details of this vigil are available at – http://caribvoice.org/voices-against-violence.html – and we can be reached at [email protected] or via our domestic violence outreach coordinator, Livasti Bhooplall, on telephone number 644-5901.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voicelast_img

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