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Monday, March 5, 2018
As a nation, we have plenty to be worried about. The economy
is in very poor shape, corruption and crime are high, and our
institutions seem to be even more lost when it comes to how
our leaders can help us out of this sense of crisis, lawlessness
and lack of hope.
The overall negative picture may not change very soon, but
let’s also think of how to promote and celebrate the many
great people doing great things, determined to avert the
destructive path the nation seems to be taking.
Over the past few days, this newspaper has highlighted (not
by accident) some inspiring projects or ideas showing that, if
the conditions are right, we have the creativity and ingenuity
to overcome our problems.
At a moment in time when we see parts of our country
literally collapsing due to erosion, we have seen how the
innovative use of the Vetiver grass is helping stabilise the
slopes around Paramin. And how this concept may help other
parts of the country.
We have also seen how enterprising people in the Beetham
Gardens have set up businesses locally to help them increase
their revenues as well as help improve life in the community.
Promoting an enterprising culture across the nation is
something that speaks deeply to this newspaper’s founding
principles for a very simple reason: the less each of us
depends on state handouts, the better for all.
It is also very impressive to see organisations and people
doing their best to help make the country better for all. They
can be in the shape of a drive to generate funds to help find
a cure for pancreatic cancer or support by individuals – one
of them a T&T Guardian journalist – to help fund trips to see
Black Panther by school children from deprived areas, aimed
at providing more positive role models.
We’d be nalve to suggest that just these good but few
examples are enough to help this nation get out of what feels
like a moral, operational and existential morass, but the more
citizens seize the initiative and do something to help their
communities or their causes, the better the chances.
The media can do its part, too. That is why you are reading
more about these inspiring stories and will see more of them
in the future. Guardian Media – across all platforms – sees
helping make T&T a better place as one of its key mandates.
Watch this space.
For a better T&T
Speak your truth!
not exist. Girls’ rates of HIV infec-
tion, child sexual abuse, teenage
parenthood and economic insecu-
rity remain higher that boys. These
are real harms, negotiated with
great risk and backlash. Still, girls
and women dust off and cope, sur-
vive and improve.
If you can’t gather, open up to
your neighbour, your trusted re-
ligious elder, or your partner, so
that hearing compels them to turn
empathy to solidarity. Tell your
co-workers, your boss, your sup-
port group so that they can com-
memorate your resilience.
However, you can, press for gen-
der justice, for a national gender
policy, sexual harassment legis-
lation, better services for trauma
victims, ratification of ILO Con-
vention189, and an end to corrup-
tion that steals from our children’s
mouths and backpacks, and from
their very dreams for a better fu-
Visit the Facebook page, Interna-
tional Women’s Day Trinidad and
Tobago, for a list of events meant
to educate and empower. Whether
you march or you finally leave or
you speak up for yourself or you
break a long held silence or you
celebrate another day that you
grow strong, stand up, speak up,
don’t leave them more than you
Your husband has been laid off
or one of the hundreds killed by
gun violence, and you’re in the
kitchen after work and on week-
ends catering to make ends meet.
You’re in treatment for cancer, but
without enough strength to walk.
You’re one of tens of thousands
of women living with intimate part-
ner violence in the last decade, and
you experience body pains, lack of
confidence and an inability to con-
centrate, and it just feels too much
to do one more thing in public.
Maybe the bruises or the threats
against your life are so bad, you’re
unwilling to leave wherever you are
You’re on shift in the police
force, in the army, at KFC or as a
domestic worker in someone’s
home. You are cleaning your tem-
ple, church or mosque as part of
women’s work, keeping you away
from organising to advance strug-
gles solely in your name.
The struggle for women’s rights
is founded on common truths.
Right here, on average, right here,
men make about $15,000 more
than women per month. Nation-
al-level prevention programmes
and a coherent state strategic plan
to end gender based violence do
Thursday, March 8, at noon, con-
tinuing a 60-year tradition started
first by Christina Lewis in San Fer-
nando. Rally from Whitehall and
around the Savannah on Saturday,
March 10, at 3 pm with others paint-
ing posters, T-shirts and banners,
and highlighting the challenges of
women’s realities and our demands
for long-due women’s rights.
Gather with your male allies to
build movements, sisterhood and
safe spaces around women’s issues
and their solutions.
And, if you cannot be there,
know that we have not forgotten
Maybe you’re a grandmother
looking after grandchildren whose
parents are incarcerated, managing
just enough for passage to school
and food. You’re an institutional-
ised woman or girl, the majority of
whom have experienced childhood
abuse and may now be deeply
missing potential for healing.
You’re on your feet six days a
week in retail stores in Tunapuna,
High Street and Chaguanas Main
Road, and the low wages and long
hours mean you’re conserving
your energy and money for waged
work, work at home and managing
another week. You’re the daughter
primarily responsible for care of
your aged or unwell parents, and
Winning the Parang Category on Saturday night was A.P.A. Folk
Swingers Parang Band with their exotic performance at the 32nd
Biennial Music Festival, Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s Port-of-Spain.
PICTURE KERWIN PIERRE
Dr Gabrielle Hosein
Lendore’s signal moment
This newspaper congratulates quarter-miler Deon Lendore on
bringing home an individual bronze in the 400 metres at the
World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, England, over
the weekend. T&T did not perform as it desired at the event and
Lendore’s was the only medal the team had to show for their
At a time when T&T’s elite athletes seem to be struggling to get
funding from the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs for training
for events, Lendore’s accomplishment is yet another signal of
what can be achieved if they are given all the tools they need to
succeed. But apart from this, is was also symbolic of the benefits
athletic achievement can bring to the country, as when he stood
on the podium on Saturday it was brand T&T being displayed
for all to see.
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