Notes from meeting held 18th September, 2010
- National Day to End Sexual Violence. Since the Regional Conference was held in 2007, we have recognized the 29th September as the National Day to End Sexual Violence. Two years ago we held an exhibition in the Mall at Marathon and last year, we held a press conference in the cemetery at St. Matthews Anglican Church. This year, Donna Nicolls is organizing a “Night of Hope and Healing”.
This event will be held at ‘The Indaba Tent’, home of The Indaba Project, afterschool programme, Fowler Street, on Wednesday September 29, at 7 – 9 pm
- Reorganization of the Crisis Centre. It is hoped to set up two committees, one Executive and one Advisory. This item will be further discussed in October.
- Crisis Centre/Zonta Partnership. Zonta has offered to partner with the Crisis Centre and will be focussing on teen relationship violence and, from November 25th for sixteen days, will be going into the schools to address this issue. Donna will be training those who will be visiting the schools. Zonta is also willing to help the Centre finance a new building.
- Crisis Centre Month. Jadetra and Candice have been planning several events/activities for the month of November to recognize Crisis Centre Month, including flooding the airways and TV (particularly Channel 12) with information on the Crisis Centre, a fair to be held on R.M Bailey Part, exhibitions in the Mall at Marathon, and possibly a fundraising party. The 13th November was considered for the fair.
- Update on Building. It seems that the Crisis Centre will have to move and we have no alternative accommodation as yet. We are to be offered two rooms in PMH as a temporary measure. Other ideas are being investigated.
- Family Violence Summit. This is to be held this coming week from Wednesday 22nd – 24th September at the Police Headquarters from 9.30-4.30. Friday is for men only when the Bahamian branch of Cariman will be launched. Cariman is a Caribbean movement of Men Against Violence. One of the organizers Peter Weller from Jamaica will be in Nassau to share about this movement.
- A discussion was also started on the type of situations/crises facing citizens and residents alike in The Bahamas today. The number of suicides or suicide attempts of young people is of particular concern as well as the financial stress being experienced by so many people. It was suggested that a round table discussion should be organized to discuss these issues in more depth.
We hope that more volunteers will attend the next meeting in October. Please call the office if you would like any further information on any of the topics addressed at the meeting held yesterday.