NOW President speaks on school girls’ behaviour

Newly-elected President of National Organization of Women (NOW), Avelyn Christie, has expressed the view that the entire Barbadian society must look at itself in order to understand the behaviour of school girls.

Christie believes the causes of how school girls are behaving currently are not new but are only more exposed due to technology.

“Oppression for the female today has a different look and address, but the hurt, the struggle and the repercussions are the same.  And because technology has precipitated a world of little privacy, much private pain is constantly played out in public spaces,” she said.

Christie was delivering her President’s Report at the Biennial General Meeting of the Organization yesterday.  She retained her Presidency uncontested.  Her first Vice President will be Michelle Marshall from Affiliate body, Barbados Nurses Association while the Public Relations Officer is now Marsha Hinds-Layne from the Barbados Labour Party League of Women.

Christie noted that women were accustomed to having to fight doubly hard for their survival and that NOW intends to retain its place in the national discourse of Barbados in support of women and girls.

“The fight against oppressors for what is rightfully ours, has been a long one, and there are still many issues of inequality that must be confronted, and so we must refuse to bow to the rampant prejudices and practices and ‘otherwise voices’ that would seek to silence us, and stand tall to express our convictions and beliefs,” Christie said.

She also appealed to what she termed onlookers to the violence and sexual abuse meted out to some teenaged girls to speak up and report what they were seeing in order to save girls.

19 Responses to NOW President speaks on school girls’ behaviour

  1. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce May 28, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Back to Basics, parenting classes required for some. Re-introduce Manners, Values, Positive Communication including constructive criticism, give explanations and praise when due. Make the right choices. Accept consequences or responsibility for the wrong choices made. Be Responsible Role Models at home and in the Community. Standards of Pride and Values in BIM have dropped, downgraded due to the poor attitude of some adults for e.g. De Layabout Party. If the adults don’t care, pray tell thee how on earth do one expect the young people to care?

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    • edb May 29, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      I agree with you. We as parents have abdicated our God given role to train nurture and protect our children both girls and boys from the Negative aspects of today’s society. We have turned a blind eye to the abusive environment in which some of our own children are growing up in. In our attempt to give them what they ask for instead of what they need we have failed to instil and reinforce positive toll models. The late Mr. Barrow once asked wha mirror image do we have of ourselves. We as parents need to get back to the basics, be our children’s guide and mentors. This is the job given to us by God and we need to do that job above all others. Our Children are our future let’s make our future is a good one lead by well disciplined and trained young adults

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  2. Camille M. Small
    Camille M. Small May 28, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    This oppression is in relationships in the form of submission. In schools and colleges in the form of bullying.

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  3. Camille M. Small
    Camille M. Small May 28, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    If young girls are living in an abusive and violent environment, they most likely will this behavior with them.

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  4. Alex Alleyne May 28, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    NOW don’t care about any FEMALE unless they are from the ELITE CLASS. The School girl almost got killed sometime ago and this “bourgeoisie” just find time to speak.

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  5. Alex Alleyne May 28, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Very often teen age girls are reported missing by the Police, do NOW ever speak to this issue ?. NOW don’t see these “young ladies” as valuable to their group because of their “socioeconomic status”.
    One must always bear in mind that “the same faces you see going up the ladder , are the same faces you see coming down”.

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  6. BIGSKY May 28, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    I am surprised that no boys/men are blamed,either the girls being sexually abused at home , because as you know every problem facing girls/women, boys/men is normally the cause in this society today.

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  7. Joan Worrell May 28, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Congrats on your election, Ms Christie. However I was looking for a little bit more to chew on, having read the caption ”NOW President speaks on school girls’ behaviour”’. I would suggest that you do a bit more research before you tackle topics of this nature. The Internet is there for you to Google scholarly papers and opinions of erudite social scientists.

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    • Jennifer May 28, 2017 at 9:17 pm

      Well said, this is why i did not bother to comment. More research is needed. One has to wonder if the research was the problem or the content of the printing was the problem as this people is under much muzzling and sanitizing of information to hide truth and thereby maintaining the sensitivity of people. Marsha hinds had a good piece two days ago on this issue.

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      • Jennifer May 28, 2017 at 9:22 pm

        The penultimate paragraph needs clarity, even if the elephant is brought into the room.

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  8. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry May 28, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Talk talk long talk

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    • edb May 29, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      I agree with you. We as parents have abdicated our God given role to train nurture and protect our children both girls and boys from the Negative aspects of today’s society. We have turned a blind eye to the abusive environment in which some of our own children are growing up in. In our attempt to give them what they ask for instead of what they need we have failed to instil and reinforce positive toll models. The late Mr. Barrow once asked wha mirror image do we have of ourselves. We as parents need to get back to the basics, be our children’s guide and mentors. This is the job given to us by God and we need to do that job above all others. Our Children are our future let’s make our future is a good one lead by well disciplined and trained young adults

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  9. Jason Patel
    Jason Patel May 29, 2017 at 12:15 am

    Alot of those mothers aren’t any better.

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  10. Glyne Roderick Sobers
    Glyne Roderick Sobers May 29, 2017 at 1:03 am

    The rod has been spared. You may not be able to change a child’s social environment but programs have to be implemented some how in schools to help with the discipline and moral values needed that may not be realized at home .Knowing right from wrong is one thing but children having no fear of punishment makes them difficult to control…..

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  11. Peter May 29, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Why does Barbados Today showcases half of a person’s face in its image presentation. Why show it at all if you don’t want people to get a proper view. Oh, that’ s how their stories are done anyway. mostly incomplete, inaccurate and only reported. and then they prize themselves as news you can trust. Mostly boring stuff no one ever has time to read in full.

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  12. Alex Alleyne May 29, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    @Jason, that’s why NOW don’t show no interested in their off spring either. The article written by MARSHE HINDS was well written but note it was not written from a NOW column. It was purely hers.

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  13. Carlisle Norville May 29, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    i have been Blessed to not onlyhave attened respected schools here in barbados but i took over seas courses @ bennett Colledge in England & i also studied child psycology I attented the acadamy of higer edducation where i studied esteric principles the psycosamatic disorders of the mind in relationship to carribbean people of colour & i payed special attention to the slave trade of Barbados ( what i have cincluded is that blacks & brown skin people in barbados suffer from genetic & psychological programming by the slave masters, black History is NOT taught in Barbadian schools ,& a people who do not know their true history have NO past & No future ,ask the indian & other peoples about their history they have one, ask the black man or woman about their history they dont Know their history ,& are like wandering stars ,they have no real self worth morals & ethics are not practice, black men give black girls & women enough money so they can have sex ,Barbadian men & women especially coloured ( should read the Book or get the C.D. called ( The Willie LYNCH Chip) to fully understand what white slave masters have done to their minds.)

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  14. Carlisle Norville May 29, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    I beg your forgiveness for the grammatical errors in the above,!

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  15. Carlisle Norville May 29, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    (my wife said to me, Carlisle Have you gone nuts your spelling is ridiculous

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