Worldwide, one in three women has experienced violence at least once in their life. Furthermore, recent data shows that nearly half of the Caribbean women interviewed in five Caribbean countries have experienced at least some form of violence. It can be physical, mental, financial and sexual violence. Intimate partner violence, which can also be physical, mental, financial or sexual, is also discussed. The percentages are different. 48 percent in Suriname, 39 percent in Grenada and Jamaica and 44 percent in Trinidad and Tobago.
“This is unacceptable and should motivate all of us who live and / or work in the Caribbean to take action to end it,” the Department of the Interior (Biza) wrote in a press release. Violence against women and girls has increased from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Given the rising figures of violence against women and girls, the ‘Orange Day’ will also be continued this year. This does not alter the fact that boys and men are not victims. However, the majority consists of women and girls. The subject is brought to the attention by the Bureau Gender Affairs Suriname (BGA), which falls under Biza. The problem has also worsened in the Caribbean.