Newly-elected President of National Organization of Women (NOW), Avelyn Christie, has expressed the view that the entire Barbadian society must look at itself in order to understand the behaviour of school girls.
Christie believes the causes of how school girls are behaving currently are not new but are only more exposed due to technology.
“Oppression for the female today has a different look and address, but the hurt, the struggle and the repercussions are the same. And because technology has precipitated a world of little privacy, much private pain is constantly played out in public spaces,” she said.
Christie was delivering her President’s Report at the Biennial General Meeting of the Organization yesterday. She retained her Presidency uncontested. Her first Vice President will be Michelle Marshall from Affiliate body, Barbados Nurses Association while the Public Relations Officer is now Marsha Hinds-Layne from the Barbados Labour Party League of Women.
Christie noted that women were accustomed to having to fight doubly hard for their survival and that NOW intends to retain its place in the national discourse of Barbados in support of women and girls.
“The fight against oppressors for what is rightfully ours, has been a long one, and there are still many issues of inequality that must be confronted, and so we must refuse to bow to the rampant prejudices and practices and ‘otherwise voices’ that would seek to silence us, and stand tall to express our convictions and beliefs,” Christie said.
She also appealed to what she termed onlookers to the violence and sexual abuse meted out to some teenaged girls to speak up and report what they were seeing in order to save girls.