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“Ad­di­tion­al­ly, we know that for every re­port­ed case, there are many more un­re­port­ed in­ci­dents.”

The state­ment al­so said, “While we con­tin­ue to lob­by our du­ty bear­ers to act, and we main­tain calls for a com­pre­hen­sive and in­te­grat­ed ap­proach to pre­ven­tion with­in our ed­u­ca­tion­al and oth­er in­sti­tu­tions, Fam­i­ly Plan­ning As­so­ci­a­tion is sound­ing a clar­i­on call for all of us, as a col­lec­tive, to do more than just ob­serve. We need to act.”

It said for the Fam­i­ly Plan­ning As­so­ci­a­tion, the im­pact of gen­der-based vi­o­lence on one’s sex­u­al and re­pro­duc­tive health and rights is some­thing that “we ad­dress every sin­gle day.”

The as­so­ci­a­tion said as a re­sult of this, its cam­paign ex­tends be­yond these 16 days as “we try to cut through to the core of vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties and to bring ser­vices to them. Dur­ing this cam­paign, we will be shar­ing more on our projects and ser­vices avail­able to the pub­lic.”

It added, “In the in­ter­im, we are invit­ing our fel­low cit­i­zens: Do not sweep gen­der-based vi­o­lence un­der the car­pet. Do not dis­miss it as a norm. This is not who we are as a peo­ple, and it is not some­thing we will per­pet­u­ate. Vi­o­lence against women and girls is not ac­cept­able. Gen­der-based vi­o­lence in any form is not ac­cept­able.

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“Rather than wait for change to fil­ter down to us, let us move in con­cert. Let us all col­lec­tive­ly stand up as al­lies and im­ple­ment the change we want to see in every cor­ner of so­ci­ety.”

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The Fam­i­ly Plan­ning As­so­ci­a­tion of T&T has joined the call for ac­tion across the na­tion to not on­ly recog­nise and ac­knowl­edge gen­der-based vi­o­lence as a hu­man rights vi­o­la­tion, but al­so to con­sci­en­tious­ly iden­ti­fy, con­cert­ed­ly ad­dress and elim­i­nate con­trib­u­to­ry fac­tors which have, in some in­stances, be­come cul­tur­al norms.

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In a state­ment yes­ter­day, the as­so­ci­a­tion said, “It is be­yond time that we look with­in- ex­am­in­ing our gov­er­nance struc­ture, our laws, our so­ci­ety, our lan­guage, our poli­cies and prac­tices in in­sti­tu­tions, work­places, and places of busi­ness­es as well as, cul­tur­al prac­tices and norms in com­mu­ni­ties and fam­i­lies, and to in­tro­spect and ex­am­ine our own in­di­vid­ual mind­sets, at­ti­tudes and re­spons­es to abuse in all forms, not on­ly cast­ing our­selves as ob­servers or vic­tims, but al­so de­mand­ing of our­selves the high­est lev­el of re­spect in the way that we in­ter­act with oth­ers.”

The state­ment co­in­cid­ed with In­ter­na­tion­al Day for the Elim­i­na­tion of Vi­o­lence Against Women and came at the start of the glob­al 16 days of ac­tivism cam­paign to elim­i­nate gen­der-based vi­o­lence.

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The as­so­ci­a­tion said in T&T, gen­der-based vi­o­lence can be seen, in some as­pects, as a man­i­fes­ta­tion of en­dem­ic cul­tur­al be­liefs and prac­tices, par­tic­u­lar­ly when it comes to re­stric­tive gen­der stereo­types, ex­pec­ta­tions for gen­der roles and the dis­tri­b­u­tion of pow­er amongst gen­ders.

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It said, “Dur­ing the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic, we saw an up­take in in­ti­mate part­ner vi­o­lence, and we con­tin­ued to hear re­ports of, fe­male vic­tims of homi­cides, vic­tims of non-in­ti­mate part­ner sex­u­al as­saults, and gen­der-based vi­o­lence-re­lat­ed as­saults on mem­bers of vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties in­clud­ing the mi­grant com­mu­ni­ty.

“Ad­di­tion­al­ly, we know that for every re­port­ed case, there are many more un­re­port­ed in­ci­dents.”

The state­ment al­so said, “While we con­tin­ue to lob­by our du­ty bear­ers to act, and we main­tain calls for a com­pre­hen­sive and in­te­grat­ed ap­proach to pre­ven­tion with­in our ed­u­ca­tion­al and oth­er in­sti­tu­tions, Fam­i­ly Plan­ning As­so­ci­a­tion is sound­ing a clar­i­on call for all of us, as a col­lec­tive, to do more than just ob­serve. We need to act.”

It said for the Fam­i­ly Plan­ning As­so­ci­a­tion, the im­pact of gen­der-based vi­o­lence on one’s sex­u­al and re­pro­duc­tive health and rights is some­thing that “we ad­dress every sin­gle day.”

The as­so­ci­a­tion said as a re­sult of this, its cam­paign ex­tends be­yond these 16 days as “we try to cut through to the core of vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties and to bring ser­vices to them. Dur­ing this cam­paign, we will be shar­ing more on our projects and ser­vices avail­able to the pub­lic.”

It added, “In the in­ter­im, we are invit­ing our fel­low cit­i­zens: Do not sweep gen­der-based vi­o­lence un­der the car­pet. Do not dis­miss it as a norm. This is not who we are as a peo­ple, and it is not some­thing we will per­pet­u­ate. Vi­o­lence against women and girls is not ac­cept­able. Gen­der-based vi­o­lence in any form is not ac­cept­able.

Operation Underground Railroad Estados Unidos

“Rather than wait for change to fil­ter down to us, let us move in con­cert. Let us all col­lec­tive­ly stand up as al­lies and im­ple­ment the change we want to see in every cor­ner of so­ci­ety.”

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