Marissa Thomas is Programme Coordinator for Trinidad at the The Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) and El Centro de Orientación e Investigación Integral (COIN) Caribbean Vulnerabilised Groups Project: a… Read more “Trafficking in the Caribbean”
Media consumes so much of our lives in modern society, that what is represented in media – Film, Newspapers, Television, Internet – greatly influences how we interpret… Read more “Valuing Women in the Media”
The rise of social media has created increased opportunities for anyone to become involved in activism. For women who have suffered abuse in silence for fear of ridicule and threat to their safety, the internet is a place where they can tell their stories anonymously and help others understand what they are going through.
Social media also allows diverse opinions to come to the fore and gives people the chance to interact and discuss issues in a way they may not otherwise be willing to engage. For anyone wanting to share their thoughts and find like-minded individuals with whom they can collaborate to create change, the internet, and social media in particular, has become a space for us to take our first steps at activism. For those who’ve been in the trenches for years working to raise awareness about violence against women, it helps us reach a newer, more diverse audience and allows our words to be shared many times over, all over the world.
Here are two such Caribbean Activists who are taking advantage of the internet to try to create change and end violence against women.
Nailah John, a Canadian/ Vincentian has created the Stop the Violence in St. Vincent And the Grenadines Movement! as a result of the recent reports of increasing violence against women in the islands. She also started the Facebook Group Time to stand together against violence and crime in S.V.G to help organise action on the ground.
Stella Ramsaroop is a columnist with Stabroek News and long time advocate for women’s rights in Guyana. Her online ventures include S4 Foundation and GuyanaGroove as well as her facebook page Stellasays.
Special thanks to Samantha Campbell for nominating and interviewing Nailah John
Souyenne Dathorne is a 28 year old St. Lucian, and survivor of sibling sexual abuse. She is the founder of Surviving Sexual Abuse in the Caribbean – an… Read more “Shattering the Illusions”
The Feminisation of HIV refers to the increasing prevalence of HIV among women worldwide and the ways in which gender discrimination – both social and institutional- contribute to… Read more “The Feminisation of HIV”
Violence in the community often has devastating effects on men and women. Proliferation of guns, turf conflicts, gang activity and violent crime often lead to death… Read more “Hope Support Group”
Nalita Gajadhar works as a Programme Officer at the Bureau of Gender Affairs, Barbados. She is President of the Business and Professional Women’s Club which has been running a… Read more “We have a right to be happy”
Women Of Antigua is a group of women who use the performing arts and theatre to raise awareness about issues of violence against women. Created in 2008… Read more “Women Of Antigua”
Gary Acosta is a 24 year old spoken word poet from the republic of Trinidad & Tobago. Artistic expression and performance has always been a passion of… Read more “Gary Acosta – Broken One”
Today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. And not a moment too soon. All around the world today there will be marches, exhibitions,… Read more “Exercising Personal Leadership to Eliminate Violence Against Women”