As the world marked International Women’s Day yesterday, Woodford Square in Port-of-Spain was notably absent of women’s groups who failed to turn out in their numbers to voice their concerns about the violence perpetuated against women and girls.
This was the concern of Jamaat-al-Muslimeen leader Yasin Abu Bakr as he led a group of women and children from the Jamaat on a march through the capital yesterday.
The march took place down Frederick Street then to Independence Square, onto Duncan Street, on to Duke Street and back to Woodford Square.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says strong leadership is needed to address the issues concerning women.
She made the remark in recognition of International Women's Day.
The following is Persad-Bissessar's statement.
"Today as I join the world and our national community in the observance of International Women's Day, I ask all of us to work individually and collectively to effect change so that women will occupy their rightful places as equals in our world.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says the nation needs to do more to protect women and children from incidence of domestic violence.
The prime minister has issued the following statement in recognition of International Women's Day.
"On behalf of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, as we celebrate International Women’s Day 2017, I take this opportunity to recognize and congratulate the women and girls of Trinidad and Tobago, on the significant contributions you have made and continue to make towards the successful development of our Nation.
The following is President Anthony Carmona's statement in recognition of International Women's Day.