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UNITED NATIONS - West Indian activists in campaign to end violence against women

Published:Wednesday | May 30, 2012 | 12:00 AM


Three Caribbean nationals were among more than 40 youth activists who attended the first Global UNiTe Youth Forum held in Bangkok last week.

A UN statement said that Daniella Jacques from Haiti, along with Trinidad and Tobago national Keshan Latchman and Barbadian Christa Soleyn, participated in the three-day event hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's global campaign UNiTE to End Violence Against Women.

It said that the young activists, aged 18-30, committed themselves to building partnerships and strengthening the movement of young people working to end persistent gender inequality and violence against women and girls.

"The fact that violence against women and girls continues to be one of the world's most widespread human rights violations is the raison d'être of the UNiTE campaign, which was launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2008.

"Recognising the crucial role of young people in changing mindsets, the UNiTE campaign has made youth leadership a key priority," the UN statement said.

Co-chair of the UN Regional Thematic Working Group on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women, Nanda Krairiksh, said "We know that violence against women is a result of deeply embedded cultural values and social attitudes and unequal power relations.

"Young people are more open to questioning outdated gender stereotypes and behaviours that perpetuate violence and discrimination," she added.