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Youth in the Caribbean and Denmark talk about gender based violence Featured

Students from Trinidad and their moderator at the UNIC Conference Room after the on-line dialogue
Students from Trinidad and their moderator at the UNIC Conference Room after the on-line dialogue Photo: W Ramnarine /UNIC
Students from Trinidad, Jamaica and Denmark connected online on Friday 8 December to eneage in dialogue about gender based violence. They exchanges ideas about the causes of violence and explored how culture and legislation or lack of, impacted on attempts to bring an end to violence particularly  violence against women. The event was hosted by the UINIC and the UNESCO ASPnet brought the schools together. Some interesting issues the young people highlighed were how the thought music impacted on how women are seen by males, the problems associated with rigid male ideas of Caribbean masculinity and how it could be a factor in violence against women in the region. The Danes explained that human rights is part of their eduction and culture, that vilolence was not as extreme as it is in the Caribbean , but lamented that their country still does rank at the top in their region when it comes to gender based violence.

This activity was one of a number of events during the 16 Days of Activism which starts on 25 November and culminates on 10 December - Human Rights Day. During this period the UN and its partners highlight the global issues of gender equality and gender based violence.

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