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As T&T looks ahead at International Women’s Day:
Activists: Where is the gender policy
With eight women being
killed for the year so far,
questions are being raised
as to what is the status of the
Gender Policy and why it has
not been implemented yet.
Businesswoman Grace Talma
yesterday said she strongly be-
lieves that because there are
increasing cases of domestic
violence and crimes, including
murders, the policy would at
least give “some kind of frame-
Talma was speaking during
a short presentation function
in recognition of the activities
planned for this year’s Interna-
tional Women’s Day.
The function was held at the
Ministry of Gender and Child
Affairs, Office of the Prime
“The advocacy for domes-
tic violence for gender pol-
icy must continue because
we don’t have it,” Talma said.
“It is a 30- year-old young
woman, the gender policy and
it is not here and I don’t know
what has happened...the policy
may not prevent but it will put
things in place for some kind
of framework,” she added.
Talma’s sentiments was ech-
oed by Head of the Network
of Non-Governmental Organ-
isations for the Advancement
of Women Hazel Brown, who
also attended the function.
Former minister Joan
Yuille-Williams, who was also
present, said when she was
minister it was her responsibil-
ity to see about the policy and
had it drafted.
She said, “Why, today we
don’t have it? It has been a
struggle since from there. I feel
very hurt after all that and why?
What is still keeping it back?”
In 2005, Lawyers for Jesus
called on the Government to
withdraw its Draft National
They described it as de-
ceptive and legislation
of alternative sexuality.
The draft policy included
a definition of five genders
and proposals to regulate
same-sex marriage, abortion
and discrimination on the
basis of sexual orientation.
Lawyers for Jesus framed a pe-
tition calling on Government
to withdraw the document
and hold discussions with
“right-thinking people” be-
fore formulating a new policy.
yesterday admitted that as a
result of the objection raised
by the group, she did have
the issue eliminated from
the draft policy but still does
not understand why the pol-
icy is yet to be implemented.
Gender and Child Affairs Min-
ister Ayana Webster-Roy, who
was scheduled to attend yes-
terday’s function, did not show
No reason was given for her
Deputy principal of the St Augustine campus of UWI, Professor Rhoda
Reddock, shows a document highlighting the history of International
Women’s Day during yesterday’s function in recognition of activities
planned for this year’s celebration.
PICTURE ANISTO ALVES
Man pays $12,000
A High Court judge yesterday ad-
vised Govind Seepersad to avoid
“sticky situations” after placing him
on a three-year good behaviour
bond for groping a woman’s genitals
during the 2009 Carnival.
Seepersad, 25, also handed over
$12,000, through a manager’s
cheque,to the State as compensation
for the victim. In passing sentence in
the San Fernando Second Assizes,
Justice Hayden St Clair-Douglas said,
“I suggest you keep yourself out of
sticky situations. Good luck.” Seep-
ersad did not respond. The welder/
fabricator, who was then 17, pleaded
guilty to the charge of indecent as-
The incident took place on Car-
nival Tuesday on February 24,
2009 around 8.20 pm in Penal.
The woman, dressed in a pair of
long jeans and black halter top, was
walking along the SS Erin Road with
her boyfriend during the Carnival
festivities. The couple was standing
near a supermarket when Seepersad
passed on her right side, pushed his
hand between the woman’s legs and
grabbed her crotch. The woman’s
boyfriend chased after Seepersad
and took him to PC Vinton Dinoo
who was on foot patrol duty.
The officer took Seepersad to
Penal Police Station and recorded
statements from the woman and her
boyfriend. The officer took Seeper-
sad to his Penal home where they
met his father, who accompanied
them back to the station.
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