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Child advocates demand better of men

Amid growing concern about child abuse in Barbados, Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite and child advocates have issued a joint call for men to do more to protect children.

Action for Justice and its partners – the Child Care Board, the Barbados National Parent Teacher Association and the I Am A Girl charity – took to the streets of Bridgetown yesterday demanding better for the nation’s children at the march held under the theme – Men Making a Difference: Asserting Our Role in the Protection of Children.


Clad in purple and armed with placards, the group called for an end to abuse, insisting that children deserved love, care and security.

Delivering the opening remarks, co-founder of Action for Justice Rev. Anne Hamilton-Cutting revealed that an alarming 772 cases of child abuse were reported during the period 2013/2014.

“Of this number, 192 were for sexual abuse, 190 for physical abuse, 321 for neglect and 68 for emotional abuse. These are the number of reported cases, but the number of children affected or involved totals 1045,” said Rev. Hamilton-Cutting.

She warned that many more cases remain unreported.


Hamilton-Cutting told the gathering that there could be no mistaking the important role men play in the lives of children and stressed the need for men to take on more responsibility in this area.

“Men play a very important role in children’s lives, have a great influence on the children they care for and they also play an important role in protecting children from abuse and exploitation.”

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite reinforced Hamilton-Cutting’s views as he bemoaned that a significant number of men were failing their children.

“You can rest assured that if there are 50 children, 49 of them do not have a relationship or a solid relationship with their father, and that’s a significant challenge. So really, what we need to do is to find a way to motivate more men to get involved in the lives of their children,” he stated.


Brathwaite continued, “it is not enough to contribute some money every week, pay it to the court or give it to their girlfriend or wife . . . you really need to spend some time and believe me, it is no greater feeling than the love of a child for you as a parent when you have that kind of relationship.”

Adding that one of the greatest challenges in the Caribbean was the breakdown of the family, Brathwaite stressed the need for significant change. (KK)

13 Responses to Child advocates demand better of men

  1. Alex Alleyne May 15, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    When we adopt the WORST things from over and away including UNICEF what do you think. The world expects better from all “sane” men. It’s very sad what goes on from “dusk til dawn” . Between 6:pm and 6:am some men become beast.

  2. Nikki Vs Nicksie
    Nikki Vs Nicksie May 15, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Demand better of the women who mistreat and abuse their children too. Demand better of the women who are more interested in men than the well being of their children too. Reevaluate the twisted laws that make it difficult for a man to see his children while his money is being pumped from his accounts. That’s what to do.

  3. Mark Fenty
    Mark Fenty May 16, 2016 at 4:08 am

    Those numbers on child abuse and neglect are a very serious cause for concerned, and I only hope that these children are provided the necessary intervention which is obviously needed. We have to demand better from every citizen when it comes to safety and security of the island’s children, and not just the few misguided mothers whom have failed to live up to they obligation of being nurturers and protectors. And these are just the numbers that are being reported but what about the unreported cases? Something has to be done and done quickly because the march is just the first step in heightening the public awareness to the issues surrounding child sexual, emotional, psychological, physical abuse, as well as neglect.

  4. Johnathan May 16, 2016 at 6:48 am

    What do you expect with a Government like this. The uncaring manifests itself in every sphere of life and we seem not to realize the root cause it goes right back to same Atorney General. Like the Minister of Education the worst Ministers along with Denis Lowe we have ever had in the Caribbean..

  5. Doreen Waithe
    Doreen Waithe May 16, 2016 at 7:31 am

    True mark

  6. Turd May 16, 2016 at 8:06 am

    This Attorney General should be ashamed to make those comments about men and their roles in respect of the family and children. But that is in itself asking a lot of him.

    I agree with Nikki vs Nicksie ; let’s get off of men’s case in Barbados and focus on repairing and empowering Families. Men are not the only ones doing nonsense within the family setting. Corrupt dysfunctional Women and Men are equally guilty.

  7. Lucinda Katrina McSinister
    Lucinda Katrina McSinister May 16, 2016 at 8:32 am

    De nuisances, always trying to divide and conquer

  8. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce May 16, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Demand that women & men work together for the better of their children. No point scoring, men acknowledge the child is yours if in doubt have a DNA test done, women if you just about can manage to look after one child try wunna best not to have anymore. Always put your child’s welfare first. Women allow children to see their fathers. Men do the right thing and support your children give what you can afford financially to look after their well being, spend quality time, show an interest how are they getting on in school, support with positive discipline.

    • Veroniva Boyce
      Veroniva Boyce May 17, 2016 at 11:11 am

      Event if the jacket/ hat is worn men still have the rights to ensure the child is theirs by requesting a DNA. I see no problem with that. Women have to be honest it is not fair for a man to paying child support for a ready made shirt unless he’s prepared 100% per cent committed to raising the child as his own in a stable relationship.


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