The following letter was written, and forwarded to all media houses in Trinidad and Tobago after the brutal murder of another young woman who was kidnapped in January 2021.
Her name was Andrea Bharatt. She was 22 years old.
It is no secret that our country is experiencing increasing levels of Gender-Based Violence (GBV). As a nation, we are traumatized by the brutal killing of yet another woman. This must end!
Soroptimist International of Trinidad & Tobago—
6 clubs of women whose mandate is to act in the interest of women and girls—add our collective voice to the many other cries of outrage at the continued increase in the level of crime and violence against women.
It cannot be “business as usual” if the women of Trinidad & Tobago are to live free from fear of violence in their own lives, and those of their daughters, granddaughters, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunties, cousins,
nieces and friends.
We call on each individual and every family unit to take some time for introspection. See how you may be part of the problem and how you will be part of the solution. We ask that our girls be brought up to expect and demand respect and full ownership of their bodies. We advocate for our boys to be raised to see women as equals, to understand consent, and to resist the objectification of our bodies. Stop catcalling women, unwelcome touches, degrading jokes,
We call on religious bodies and communities to provide safe spaces and programs for our men to learn healthy behaviours. We call on our brothers to hold one another accountable and to be our allies as we stand up for women.
We call on our entertainers to consider the attitudes and behaviours your lyrics may be promoting, and choose not to contribute to women being viewed merely as objects of pleasure.
We call on our government to break the silence against GBV. We urge you to present a transparent plan with frequent updates to combat and win this war against the safety and security of the women of Trinidad and Tobago. We cry out for swift justice to perpetrators of violence against women. We look to you, our leaders, to drive the change from the top.
We know the solution to this problem goes beyond awareness, and so we commit to doing our part as we together work towards the reduction of gender-based violence in our country.
SITT delivers computers to schools
SI Trinidad and Tobago’s National Association delivered four (4) computers to two (2) schools in Trinidad and Tobago in January 2021—Holy Faith Convent, Penal, and ASJA Girls College, San Fernando.
March 2021, will be one full year schools have been closed in Trinidad and Tobago due to this global pandemic—COVID-19. Our students continue to struggle with hardware/software and internet connectivity issues. SITT Executive members, Marissa, and Rachelle handed over the computers to the school’s principals and students.
Recent Activity, Moments, and Highlights
31 October, 2020 – President Sandra’s Residence
A truly lovely afternoon, as the new SITT Executive met for the first time in person after being thoroughly Zoomed-out. Great food, great fun, great memories, great meeting. Of course, all Covid-19 protocols were observed.