Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 25th 2015 Contents A30
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• From Page A29
Don't reinvent the wheel,
ask those in the field already
Daniel echoes the calls of other
regional NGOs for governments to har-
ness the NGO sector better.
"I see an attempt by some govern-
ment departments to do the work of
the NGO sector. But I think the NGO
sector is best placed to work with vic-
tims. NGOs do it because they are very
committed to it. It s not just an avenue
to earn a living. Many of us don t earn
a living from this work. We do it
because we are convinced it needs to
be done. We make sacrifices in order
to do it."
"A system needs to be set up where
governments funnel money to the sec-
tor and treat the sector like an equal
partner in working on social issues,
rather than embarking on it them-
selves," said Daniel.
She said victims need sensitivity and
support, and "they need someone to
be there for them at three in the morn-
ing; government departments can t do
that. For them to attempt to do that
is to waste the taxpayer s money."
"So the sector needs to be resourced.
It will work out as an economic advan-
tage for governments to resource the
sector and just let them go ahead and
Deal with violence
in the family and in men
A key part of dealing with domestic
violence is taking a look at our home
behaviour. This includes acknowledging
the violence, anger management prob-
lems, and culture of entitlement of
many West Indian men, who often
have prejudiced attitudes about the
role of women. It also involves dealing
with the destructive effect of violence
on children, which can be deep and
Daniel believes violence in the home
impacts national crime figures: "I think
if young people grow up in a home
that is violent, they are desensitised,
and they are more likely to commit
crime in the long term." She argues
for an approach to crime-fighting
which addresses violence in the family.
To address violence by men towards
their family, the NCDF held a workshop
last December, A Call to Men, led by
UK psychologist Jonathan Fowler. The
workshop trained participants in how
to rehabilitate men with a history of
violence within the family, using an
approach that has been successful in
the US and elsewhere. The NCDF
hopes to bring Fowler back to the
Caribbean for more "one-on-one"
training with individual NGOs.
"I think here in T&T, we have come
to the point where women are dying.
And it didn t suddenly happen
overnight where a spouse wakes up
and decides: Today I m going to kill
you. It s a pattern of abuse that ends
in death," says Daniel.
"I don t think violence against
women is a woman s issue or a man s
issue. It s a social and national issue.
It s a pattern of family life and quality
of life that impacts the level of crime
in the country."
• TOMORROW: Summary of the Cas-
Carol Daniel was born in the UK
to West Indian students (her
mother is Bajan, her father is from
T&T). The family grew up in T&T, in
Daniel studied sociology and
history for her first degree, and says
she got into the financial world by
accident: her uncle owned his own
business in Barbados, of which
Price Waterhouse were his auditors,
and one evening he told her: "Price
Waterhouse needs audit trainees.
You start on Monday."
She went on to become a
financial accountant, working at
Deloitte and PwC (Price
Waterhouse) in Barbados. While
there, she joined a small Amnesty
International group which piqued
her interest in social justice issues.
She left Barbados in 1997 and
moved to London, to gain
international experience in her
profession. After a year of audit
work, she specialised in England's
well developed, respected NGO
sector, doing financial consulting
and project management work for
NGOs there, and doing some more
work with Amnesty International.
On her return to the Caribbean in
2007, Daniel quickly became
involved with NGOs here, combining
her financial training with her social
justice interests. She founded the
NGO Caribbean Development
Foundation (NCDF) in 2007, to help
small charities and non-
governmental groups to develop.
Many of these groups suffer from
scarce resources, skills, labour, and
low support from regional
governments. The NCDF works
mainly to help such groups become
stronger, through helping them to
create work plans, campaign
strategies and implement regional
The NCDF currently works with
human rights groups (including
Amnesty International in Jamaica,
Bahamas and Barbados) and many
groups fighting against domestic
violence in the region (including
Families in Action and the Rape
Crisis centre in Trinidad, and many
women's shelters in Trinidad,
Jamaica and elsewhere).
The NCDF board consists of:
president and founder---Carol
Daniel; vice president---Witek
Hebanowski; corporate secretary---
Sr Mary Claire Zitman; and legal
• MORE INFO: The NCDF is
based at 42 Balthazar Street,
Tunapuna. Tel: 792-2089. Email:
WHO IS CAROL DANIEL?
'Violence against women
a social, national issue'
president of the
The NCDF recently
completed a five-year
resulting in a report
from many local and
shelters and help
groups, called The
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