The International Women’s Resource Network (IWRN) has called once more for harsher penalties for those who continue to perpetrate violence against women.

It comes following the release of a video in social media which shows a woman being brutally assaulted by man, as well as the recent attack on a Venezuelan teenager.

The IWRN commends the work of the Gender-Based Violence Unit (GBVU) in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS); however, it maintains that more must be done to rid the country of the scourge of violence against women.

The full text of the IWRN statement, follows…

IWRN CALLS FOR STIFFER PENALTIES FOR VIOLENT ACTS AGAINST WOMEN

The newly minted Attorney-General would be presented with recommendations for consideration of stiffer penalties for perpetrators who continue to inflict bodily harm on the nation’s WOMEN which in a number of cases lead to physical and/or psychological infirmity and/or fatality.

This call comes on the heels of the recent brutal stabbing attack on Venezuelan teenager Stefani Flores and a video currently going viral on social media showing a woman being abused by a male. Both incidents are strongly condemned by the IWRN.

The nation must be reminded that WOMEN are deemed to be one of the country’s most vulnerable groups who must be nurtured and protected at the broadest levels. Some of the reports reaching the IWRN’s desk show that a large number of men, some of whom have been abused and emotionally scarred in their earlier life, feel an unfortunate sense of power and control by abusing women and this MUST STOP.

Whilst the Gender –Based Violence Unit of the TTPS is providing yeoman service, more needs to be done from a proactive and collective standpoint at the level of both the state and civil society.

In this regard, the IWRN would be submitting recommendations to the Office of the Prime Minister to develop synergistic methods of approach to effectively treat with issues relating to maltreatment of women.

WOMEN WHOSE PEACE IS BEING THREATENED ARE ASKED TO CONTACT THE IWRN’s HOTLINE AT 268-6078 OR VISIT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.

Adriana Sandrine Isaac-Rattan
President – IWRN