The project ‘Cultural Rights to promote behavioural change and empower women against domestic violence-DECIDES Caribbean’ was launched at an event in Bridgetown, Barbados, on the morning of 21 November. Among others, the event was attended by Ambassador Daniela Tramacere, head of the Delegation of the European Union to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean States, OECS and CARICOM / CARIFORUM; the Honourable Steven Blackett, Minister for Social Care, Citizen Empowerment and Community Development of Barbados; Tonni Ann Brodber, deputy representative and head of the A.I Office, and representatives of the organisations running DECIDES Caribbean, including Interarts. This public event provided an overview of the current gender violence situation in this region, as well as what the DECIDES Caribbean programme will do to help eradicate it. The launch was followed by a two-day seminar comprising three different workshops aimed at civil society organisations: the first on research and data gathering; the second on project management and financing, and the third on activism, advocacy and pressure. The DECIDES Caribbean project is implemented by Interarts with the Caribbean Women’s Association (CARIWA), Advocates for Safe Parenthood (Saint Lucia) Inc. (ASPIRE) and Women Against Rape Inc. (WAR).

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