Letters to the Editor

More action needed to protect women and girls

Monday, May 20, 2019

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Dear Editor,

The Business and Professional Women's Club of St Andrew (BPW St Andrew) would like to use this medium to express our alarm and concern at the recent spate of abuse and killings of young girls in the society.

BPW St Andrew is an affiliate of BPW International, the International Federation of Business and Professional Women — an organisation committed to developing the professional and leadership potential of women through undertaking lifelong education and training and use of their abilities for the benefit of others, nationally and internationally.

As a body that has been active in providing protection for young girls for over 40 years, we are compelled to make public our outrage and to demand action.

We call upon the authorities to vigorously investigate each incident and bring the perpetrators to justice. In addition, the need for more attention to be paid to the support services required to improve the family structure and parenting skills must be recognised.

BPW St Andrew will continue to play its part in rescuing young girls from abuse, in providing a stable home environment for wards of the State, and in granting scholarships to secondary school girls islandwide.

It is our hope that with the relevant stakeholders, working collaboratively to implement solutions, we will eventually be able to reduce, if not eliminate, this scourge from our land.

Mearle Barrett


BPW Club - St Andrew

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