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11 out of 45: Women under-represented in governance

Elysse Marcellin of the NGO Womantra was not pleased by the numbers. She said TT was failing to reach a target of equitable representation, as shown by the fact that only 11 women representatives were elected in 41 constituencies.

“This should be enough of a wakeup call that it’s time for us to examine what we understand by representation, redefine the scope, and actively work towards changing our mindsets and systems to accommodate and encourage true inclusivity to the benefit of women and other marginalised and vulnerable groups.”

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CoP: We're not silent on crimes against women

COMMISSIONER of Police (CoP) Gary Griffith dismissed claims by the NGO Womantra that the police are being silent about attacks on Venezuelan women.

In a statement Griffith referred to a daily newspaper article in which Womantra alleged there were 484 complaints of sexual assault by immigrants over a six-year period but no arrests by the police.

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22 more Venezuelans held in Palo Seco

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith says is was surprised at a media release issued by Womantra, in which the NGO says there is silence by the TTPS on attacks on Venezuelan women.

Responding to an article in a daily newspaper yesterday, Griffith said Womantra has once again gotten its facts wrong.

He said Womantra mentioned 484 complaints of sexual assault by immigrants over a six-year period and that there were no arrests by the TTPS.

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Womantra: Venezuelan women under attack in TT

THE NGO Womantra says Venezuelan women are under attack in this country.

Womantra said statistics from a recent joint select committee hearing showed there were 484 complaints of sexual assault by immigrants over a six-year period. For these assaults, no one was arrested.

The group is now questioning why the Police Commissioner has not spoken on the issue.

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TTT Special: Sex And Gender Justice

We discuss gender-based/ intimate partner violence and weaponising race with IGDS Lecturer Angelique Nixon and WOMANTRA Director Élysse Marcellin. Both women are also Directors of CAISO Sex and Gender Justice. We also discussed gaps in formalised institutions for dealing with issues recent events have exposed.

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BYisrael: No law to stop Duke from contesting election

BYisrael was responding to women's rights activist group Womantra which questioned why there are candidates contesting the general election who are alleged to have committed offences against women.

In a post on its Facebook page on Saturday, the group said: “We have witnessed the nomination of a candidate currently before the courts on charges of rape and sexual assault.”

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Trinidad & Tobago NGO identifies treatment of women as key issue in upcoming elections

Trinidad and Tobago's general elections will take place on August 10, and as much as electioneering in the time of COVID-19 has had some voters calling for campaign ingenuity, the substance of the messages has, for the most part, been more of the same.

The nonprofit Womantra, which educates and advocates for policy reform around the issues of women's rights and gender justice, has put out a statement about patriarchy — yet another source of dissatisfaction in the elections [...]

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Shaming on campaign trail

GENDER AND sexuality often become weaponised in electoral campaigns, providing a chance to observe contesting values in democratic life.

[...] Weighing in, Womantra and allied feminist organisations called on “all political parties to give an undertaking that persons who are accused of domestic violence and sexual offences, including sexual harassment, will not be nominated as candidates pending their exoneration by the relevant authorities.” If nothing else, understand young women’s fear that these could be the men who hold power over them and to whom they must pay respect, like those abusive uncles who somehow retain their place and authority in the family.

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Womantra: Offences against women should disqualify would-be MPs

The NGO Womantra on Saturday questioned why there are candidates contesting the August 10 general election who are alleged to have committed offences against women.

In a post on its Facebook page, the group said, "We have witnessed the nomination of a candidate currently before the courts on charges of rape and sexual assault."

Womantra alleged an interim protection order had been granted against another candidate. It also said there were serious online allegations involving sexual offences being levelled against another candidate.

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Disgust over new Soca song featuring sex trafficking issue

Advocacy group Womantra is criticising a new song released by soca artiste Erphaan Alves, which it says promotes misogyny and makes light of sex trafficking of Venezuelan migrants.

In a statement yesterday, Womantra condemned the song and the visuals in the official lyric video released earlier this week.

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