In light of some of the narratives that have emerged in these past weeks around Japanese pannist Asami Nagakiya's murder, the resignation of former Port of Spain Mayor Raymond Tim Kee, and Rachel Sukhdeo's brave and desperate take to social media, it is evident that many people are still unclear about how these incidents are related and constitute a larger cultural acceptance of gender based violence.
The term gender based violence was introduced by women's rights advocates and eventually policy makers, shifting away from the more commonly used term domestic violence , in a deliberate attempt to challenge the gender blindness that began to depoliticize the term, by clearly identifying a victim's sexual designation as the ba...
Final day of the 3rd Caribbean Women's and Sexuality Diversity Conference at the Kapok Hotel, Port of Spain, Trinidad.
WOMANTRA is proud to have partnered with United & Strong INC& CariFLAGS to host the 3rd Caribbean Women & Sexual Diversity Conference in Port of Spain, Trinidad this October. If you are a human rights defender committed to sexual and gender equality and unsure of how to get more involved in a larger movement, this grounding is the perfect place for you to be connected with other womyn throughout the Caribbean diaspora doing work at various levels to achieve social justice for women sexual minorities.
Read Guardian journalist Paula Lindo's wrap up of the CWSD conference.
The United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women has proclaimed the 25th of each month as ‘Orange Day’, a day to raise awareness and take action against violence against women and girls. As a bright and optimistic colour, orange represents a future free from violence against women and girls, for the UNiTE Campaign. Orange Day calls upon activists, governments and UN partners to mobilize people and highlight issues relevant to preventing and end...
WOMANTRA Co Director & World Contraceptive Day, LAC Ambassador Khadija Sinanan (front right) sits with Attorney-at-Law, Leslie Mendez, for the morning show 'Open Your Eyes' in Belize to talk about youth, contraceptive access and the Women Deliver World Contraceptive Day Project!
We would like to thank AWID Young Feminist Wire for selecting WOMANTRA as thier 1st feature on young feminist activism & domestic violence:
The AWID Young Feminist Wire will highlight how young feminists from around the world are raising awareness about and building creative projects that tackle issues of gender-based violence in the month of November .
Womantra's contribution gives details about the ‘Silent Silhouettes’ project, launched to commemorate the lives of women who have died as a result of domestic abuse.
"In 2008, the first incarnation of the ‘Silent Silhouettes’ project was launched by Stephanie Leitch and Michelle Isava to commemorate the lives of women who died as a result of domestic violence....
Trinidad based, Jamaican journalist Paula Lindo talks about the euphoria around Caitlyn's coming out story and how some of that energy can be translated into becoming better trans* allies by amplifying other (non white, non-celebrity) trans voices, particularly those of TPOC. Caribbean transgender communities are often highly stigmatized and ostracized with such debilitating effects such as poverty & prostitution and yet amidst this hateful landscape, Trinidadian transgender animal rights activist Jowelle de Souza, is running for public office.
Visibility IS Power!
In this April 4, 2014, photo, homeless youths hang out at the entrance of a sewer pipe along a trash-strewn canal where they live beneath a busy road in Kingston...
WOMANTRA's team was featured among 7 others from around the globe who participated in a solidarity action against street harassment.
Click here to see images of all the countries that participated in the week pasting #STWTS action.
"It is our hope that clear messaging about street harassment will encourage women and men to engage with how they engage each other and give space for 'everyday' & normalized oppression to be deconstructed head on, without apology and not shying away from the deep misogyny that underpins male entitlement to women's bodies, attention & space.
In consideration of WOMANTRA’s bourgeoning online presence, 2014 saw a distinct shift in the collective’s impetus to move beyond the interwebs, with activities ranging from commercial enterprise to securing our first major grant from an international feminist fund. There have also been major changes in the structure of WOMANTRA, including its formalization as a non-profit organization and an expansion of leadership through newly appointed co-Directors Amanda Mc Intyre and Khadija Sinanan. Part of our efforts to become more strategic in our advocacy in the upcoming year has been to begin the process of documenting our expanding membership, which has crossed the 1000 mark in the new year.