Letters to the Editor

Balance the gender-based violence convo

Monday, December 03, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Gender-based violence has been a long-standing issue that has plagued many households and deteriorated the substance of the family, our morals, and the rights of many victims in their private spaces.

Many perpetuate the narrative that the dominant partner has the right to verbally, physically and psychologically abuse their partner in many ways.

In fact, the recently much-publicised Women's Health Survey has shown us that there are some women who believe that there are accepted reasons for men to abuse women. This is gravely incorrect, and even if it is a minority of the country that holds this view, we have work to do.

On that note, let us applaud the Minister of Gender Affairs Olivia “Babsy” Grange for a bold movement to launch the public education campaign, dubbed 'No excuse for abuse', to challenge the narrative with a sense of urgency.

As a male, I must point out that women must also take note of this campaign too, because for far too long this discourse has been lopsided with men being seen as offenders and women as victims. While men are indeed majority of the offenders of the reported cases, it would be logical for the message from the State and other stakeholders to reflect the fact that women at times are also offenders.

Rushane Ferron

Spanish Town

St Catherine

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