The Women’s Forum of the United Progressive Party (UPP) calls on the social-welfare system, the Police and the judiciary to do more to protect women, especially, from domestic violence.
The Forum also extends its heartfelt sympathies to the parents and children of Althea Henry, who appears to have been the latest victim of partner-abuse.
Having consulted with legal counsel, the Forum rejects the excuses tendered by Gender Affairs Minister , who claims the hands of the State are tied when women refuse to press charges against, or cooperate with, the prosecution of their abusers.
Every crime – including domestic violence and attempted murder – is an offense against the State. The Forum is convinced that the State has all the machinery necessary to advance such cases independently – that is, without the woman’s “consent” – through the Police and the Director of Public Prosecutions.
It is essential for the culture of disregarding legitimate complaints as “man-and-woman story” to stop. And it is way past time for the courts to stop operating on the principle of “forgiveness” and start prosecuting in the interest of justice. The greater society, and not only the immediate victim, must be protected.
The Women’s Forum understands very well that females in such oppressive and dangerous domestic situations might not be able to make the best decisions in their interest or that of their children.
Therefore, it is also essential that the social-welfare agencies take the necessary steps to protect families from being further victimized. The lives and mental health of too many women and girls have already been lost to hesitation and under-resourcing.
The Women’s Forum therefore calls on Minister Marshall and the groups with whom the Ministry operates to do more to educate the society on the ills of domestic violence and the social and psychological consequences to families and the Nation.
This education must be deployed through the schools, the churches, the sports associations, and the entertainment sector – through lectures, open forums, and artistic endeavours – until it penetrates every demographic. And what is being taught must also be modeled by authority figures.
It can never be enough to simply say, “It’s her fault.” The responsibility for stopping such violence lies with all of us.
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Dnt make it political for WOMEN WHO HAVE NO SELF LOVE & SELF ESTEEM FOR THEMSELVES….LOVE BEGINS WITH SELF IF SHE HAD LOVE FOR HERSELF SHE WOULD HAVE STILL BEEN ALIVE,..
THE COURTS CANNOT PERSUE A CASE IF DEFENDANT REFUSES TO CORPORATE …IN THIS CASE THE DEFENDANT ASKED COURTS TO DROP THE CASE….
UPP NEEDS TO STOP LOOKING VOTES A D DO AS AMERICA DOES SINCE THEY LOVE PLAY COPYCAT…WHEN ITS A CASE OF DOMESTIC ABUSE THE STATE WILL PROCEED WITH THE CASE …THAT MEANS MANY POLICE OFFICERS WILL BE OUT OF JOBS.
@ Cry me a river you sound like a very angry sick puppy .
I PRAY FOR THE IGUANA 🦎 THAT LAY NEXT TO YOU AT NIGHT .
The ignuana is your husband….get you & your husband ugly kids some self esteem / self love …and im ANGRY you favor dilapidated box.
If she never asked he be forgiven bcos HE SOOOOO SORRY / IT WAS A MISTAKE HE WILL NEVER HIT HER AGAIN…..SHE WOULD BE HERE…TEACH SELF LOVE / ESTEEM CLASSES IN SCHOOL …IN CHURCH….IN HOMES…STOP CURSING YOUR CHILDREN AND TALK TO THEM HONESTLY NO SUGA COATING.
WHY DNT UPP WOMENS FORUM. UILD A SAFE HOUSE THAT ABUSED WOMEN CAN STAY UNTIL THEY FEEL SAFE AND GET RESTRAINING ORDERS…WHICH WILL BE UPHELD NO MATTER WHAT
Does UPP think that teebage girls need to be protected from pedophiles who drop home their daughters first and then taking home her underage friend?? Or the UPP only Kay bout older women? Is the UPP okay with affiliating with these type of journalists?? What say you Mrs. Gisele Isaac-Arrindel???
Everything a politics in Antigua
Can you imagine that in a UPP administration a man named magic is going to be the PS of the ministry dealing with youth affairs. At a UN forum in 2023 the rights of children will be discussed. A vote is taken for countries to establish a register of known pedophiles and this man is forced to abstain because he might find himself on the list.
IS this the representation you want people?
I am vehemently against the abuse of our women and girls but I hope you all have statements prepared when questions start to surface about the crimes committed against women by people in high positions from people within the party. Remember someone in your party once had a murder CONVICTION against them and another is a CONVICTED child molester.
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