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.”
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.
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 [...]
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.
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.
Righteous rage – On protests & uprisings against police violence in Trinidad
Support for the protestors and their communities has been robust with organisations speaking out and activists insisting that the voices of those most affected must be heard and their stories shared. The intersectional feminist organisation WOMANTRA joined forces with the newly formed Black Lives Matter Chapter in Trinidad and Tobago. Together they launched a social media campaign offering messages of solidarity for the protestors and #AllBlackLivesMatter graphics that include all the neighbourhoods/communities that are often singled out by the Police and Government as “hotspots” where “criminal elements” are harboured or reside, and therefore police violence becomes justified.