Women march for respect

Women of Barbados decided today that they would no longer be silent about acts of violence being committed against them.

Scores of women and men answered the call of the charity Life in Leggings Caribbean Alliance against gender-based violence, to march through the streets of The City to demand an end to harassment and all forms of violence.

With chants of ‘Don’t ‘psst’ at me!’, ‘Love and licks don’t mix’, and ‘my body, my rules’, they marched from through the streets of Bridgetown before returning to Queen’s Park for messages of solidarity from gender rights advocates.

These marchers had a clear message

Felicia Browne, of the non-profit organization Caribbean Mentorship Programme, told the gathering that society needs to show more support for victims of sexual violence.

“We have two goals to achieve today, and one of that is to ensure that we stop victim-blaming; that we allow victims … to have the space to speak on their experiences; that we allow victims to speak on the issues that affect them whether it’s in the schools, the church, and even their households, particularly their households, as well as their workplace.

Gender rights advocate Felicia Browne

“We must allow our victims to have an understanding of what it is to have autonomy of self and personhood.  Too often women believe that when they’re violated it is their fault.  Let us remind them that is not their fault,” Browne said.

She also appealed to those present to take their concerns to their political leaders, as they are responsible for passing legislation to ensure the protection of women and children, as well as rehabilitation services for perpetrators.

“We need rehabilitation for them because statistics show that many of our perpetrators are repeat offenders.

“This is something that is very serious in our society.  We must as individuals, we must as citizens take charge. Provide the support, provide the space and listen to our victims, listen to our survivors and ensure that we are there for them without discriminating against them,” Browne said.

For founder of the Barbados Gays, Lesbians and All-Sexuals against Discrimination (BGLAD) Donnya Piggott, violence against women was a matter of disrespect.

“And we’ve seen the videos, and we know what it’s like at Crop Over time and Carnival time and Kadooment time when the word ‘no’ and the word ‘stop’ means something different to certain people. And if that is not enough, the women and girls who have been harassed, abused or raped, our society still asks ‘What was she wearing’?

“So whether you’re a Muslim woman in a burka or a reveller in a two-piece swimsuit jamming down Kadooment Day, you deserve respect.”

BGLAD’s Donnya Piggott

Piggott also made a case for the female members of the homosexual and transgender community, telling the crowd “don’t ever think that there’s only one way to be a woman”, and that they too, must be respected.

“Our Barbadian society has laughed and ridiculed … masculine expressive women.  We have attempted to embarrass, demoralize and kill transgender women in Barbados, causing many to seek refuge elsewhere. So if you’re a masculine expressive woman like me, or a trans-woman like our very own Dee Dee Winston, you deserve respect,” she said.

Founder of the Life in Leggings movement, Ronelle King, described the turnout as “an empowering moment” and said there are plans to continue the campaign.

“I march not only for myself but for my daughter. I march for the women who can’t march for themselves; women who are not here to march for themselves; the women we remember while we were marching.  I march for the women who are now breaking their silences; the women who are afraid; the women who have been slut-shamed; the women who have been victim-blamed.  I march for them,” King told the crowd.

Similar marches were held this afternoon in six other Caribbean countries, namely Antigua & Barbuda, the Bahamas, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. (MCW)

27 Responses to Women march for respect

  1. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince March 11, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Way to go women in Bim…kudos in this mysogynistic society…. Keep up the fight……vote Mia Mottley and the BLP…

  2. Jennifer March 11, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    What women should be marching for, is for MEN (especially black ones) to take back control of the home. All this woman marching thing leads to gayness and guess who is usually behind all of this. Them two, Alice and goldie. Women should respect themselves first. Whether in dress, speaking, etc. This is why the home is in such turmoil and women raising children on their own. All the Christians should know what I mean.

  3. Cheryl March 11, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Respect is earn, it is not given, when I listen to some of the music on the air waves today the level of respect for women is gone,I am shocked that some of these songs are allowed to play on the Air waves,if you dress like a whore behave like a whore then expect to be treated as one,As a women Respect begins with you.

    • Jennifer March 12, 2017 at 7:59 pm

      @Cheryl – Bring it sister.

  4. Sherlock Holmes. March 11, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    Masculine expressive women? What in tarnation am i hearing? Some of these so called masculine expressive women are some of the major abusers in their so called relationships. I remember the story only to well about the lady who was scalded within inches of her life by a masculine expressive woman according to the coiner of this phrase but then again these types of incidents are hardly spoken of.I am against all forms of domestic violence or violence on the whole but it seems to be the norm to castigate men. By the way i want some of these expressive masculine women to leave women alone too, men are not the only predators.

    • Sherlock Holmes. March 11, 2017 at 11:52 pm

      Correction ……only too well.

      • Alana B March 13, 2017 at 9:41 am

        @Sherlock Holmes. Do you think anyone in Bim wants to have the conversation of abuse perpetrated by women upon men and other women? No one wants to speak about domestic violence where women verbally, financially, mentally and even psychologically abuse men. No one wants to speak about women who do not engage in self-respect when they have extra marital affairs and relationships outside of the ones they have committed to. No one wants to speak of the women who also expose their children to so called ‘uncles’ who are not related to the children while their own daddies are at work trying to provide.

        I believe in respect. I also believe in equity and fairness. I believe in self-respect!

  5. Meakai March 12, 2017 at 1:29 am

    How much does a ticket to Culpepper Island cost?
    Man don’t bother; just book me on the next available flight.

    How you mean if I got a visa?

  6. harry turnover March 12, 2017 at 6:47 am

    ….and masculine does bite…masculine expressive women does bite off

  7. Diana Cave
    Diana Cave March 12, 2017 at 7:28 am

    O yes . Mia Mottley all the way .

  8. North Point March 12, 2017 at 7:31 am

    come on men, what are we waiting for, lets have our march too, don’t we deserve respect too, too many men are living in relationship with some very abusive women who wants to be men, so lets march as well on fathers day.

    • Jennifer March 12, 2017 at 8:05 am

      @Northpoint – Go on then brother, and I marching with you all too. Right at the front. And a lot of these masculine expressive women (OXYMORON) are Christians too.

    • Alana B March 13, 2017 at 9:45 am

      Yes please!!! Have a march. Send the message that you continue to be disrespected by some of your women folk and even by the in-laws of the women folk. Tell your stories as well. Far too long men keep the secret of being abused psychologically, mentally and even been victims to adultery. Many men have their stories but are afraid to tell it all. Tell the stories of how you are mistreated when you seek to access your children or your children used a tools to access increased child support. Tell it all!

      • Jennifer March 13, 2017 at 12:40 pm

        Come on sis.

  9. Mark Fenty
    Mark Fenty March 12, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Where are the men to support the ones their love in this match?

    • Khalil Goodman
      Khalil Goodman March 12, 2017 at 8:47 am

      Women and men marched together in this march yesterday.

    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty March 12, 2017 at 8:57 am

      Thanks. But beyond marching there ought to be a national discussion which focuses primarily on violence against women in Barbados, and believe me, it is a seriously problem in Barbados because some men in Barbados believe that the only way to resolve issues with women is through the instrument of violence. And some women sit back and believe that it is acceptable for man to put his hands on her without serious consequences, but a man ought to be the bigger person, and if it takes hitting walls, walking or running way rather putting your hands on her, that is what you ought, must and should do.

    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty March 12, 2017 at 10:52 am

      Khalil Goodman, I saw a little bit of the march on vedio, and only saw one man to about twenty women, so if you call that support then I guess it is.

  10. Peter March 12, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Hey. Wait a minute, this looks like it was a march against Trump too. He gine tweet soon….. “No more visas fuh de Bajans>” t That will be his upcoming executive order.

  11. Shanna Thompson
    Shanna Thompson March 12, 2017 at 9:12 am

    I find it so weird how Bajans have to wait till the US does something to feel confident enough to do the same.

    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty March 12, 2017 at 9:28 am

      America engines the world in terms of social progress, and for this reason nations look to America for these inventive ideas of change. It is in America where women first fought for the right to vote and got it in 1920; it is in America where women first fought for the right to attend university because prior to 1830s, no university would open its doors to a woman and the list goes on.

      • Peter March 12, 2017 at 8:01 pm

        Mark Fenty. America was built on the backs of immigrants from around the world. any first you talk about originated in the minds and hearts of those immigrants. My girl Jennifer will tell you that’s where the facts lie. Listen and read what she writes. she writes in parables but smart ones like Tony Web and Hal Austin. totally out of and beyond your league.

  12. Tyrel Prince
    Tyrel Prince March 12, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Dont get it

  13. Mark Fenty
    Mark Fenty March 12, 2017 at 9:49 am

    I don’t know why in the year 2017, some men still doubt the ability of the woman, when everything she does, she does it with forethought? And the late Prime Minister of Great Britain Margaret Thatcher echoed this sentiment when she said: ” If you want something said ask a man, but if you want something done ask a woman.”

    • Hewers of wood March 12, 2017 at 10:47 am

      Mark – you are either being sarcastic or a mangina.

  14. Against Violence March 12, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    We as a country need to frown on and dismiss both men and women who are abusive to women. They should be seen for what they are and kept out of our lives! We can’t afford to have such persons wieldin influence in our society! Our young people ready have too much to contend with.

  15. Kelly March 13, 2017 at 3:12 am

    I agree that domestic violence and abuse should stop. Butdo not think that only men are the abusers. Have you watched the videos posted online on facebook and other social media? Recently my teenaged daughter showed me two posts of two expressive masculine types beating their significant others so badly that i felt disgusted and wondered how someone could post it online, why someone did not assist the young girl being beaten by the aggressive, bigger bulkier and much older and aggressive i dont know what to call the person. It was horrifying to say the least so dont think that only males beat women.


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