The voices of Gender-based violence (GBV) survivors and LGBTI persons who have been victims of discrimination in Trinidad and Tobago can be heard through the pages of the DECIDES TT Research Report which is now available on the project website. The research seeks to understand the extent, causes and consequences of GVB and LGBTI discrimination in Trinidad and Tobago. It includes a desk review of laws and policies; government, NGO and media reports; statistical data from relevant agencies; interviews with survivors and perpetrators, and recommendations for GBV prevention and LGBTI anti-discrimination legislation. Moreover, the report analyses how cultural acceptance of gender-based violence and LGBTI discrimination is transmitted through the popular music genres of the country, calypso, soca and chutney-soca.

The research was carried out by a team of local researcher comprised of Dr. Rawwida Baksh, Ms. Samantha Rattan and Ms. Renelle White.

With the publication of this comprehensive piece of research the DECIDES TT project commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls (25 November 2018) and launches the 16 Days of Activism against GBV, which will end on 10 December 2018, the International Human Rights Day.  The DECIDES TT campaign can be followed on the project social networks.

‘DECIDES TT – Cultural rights to foster respect for human rights and freedoms against gender based violence and LGBTI’is implemented by a consortium of organisations led by Interarts in partnership with the Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action (CAFRA) and Advocates for Safe Parenthood (ASPIRE). The project also collaborates with Friends for Life (FFL) and Silver Lining Foundation (SLF), two LGBTI organisations based in Trinidad and Tobago, which are currently implementing the sub-granted project “Re-defining the Politics of Gender”.