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NOW:Talk to politicians

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

NOW:Talk to politicians

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Women in Barbados are being called upon to tackle election candidates on their plans in curbing issues of domestic abuse.
This call came from president of the National Organisation of Women (NOW) Marilyn Rice Bowen, as she spoke to dozens of women who turned out in Heroes Square, the City, at noon today, to observe the One Billion Rising Movement, the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, the violence against women and girls.
Noting that NOW had fully endorsed the campaign, the president also encouraged women to engage politicians in conversation on matters of domestic violence, when visited during campaigning.
“Talk to them about that because when you are violated, it impacts negatively on the workplace, its wreaks havoc in the family and it has all types of negative impact.
“So it is alright to tell me to vote for you, but tell me where you stand on the issue of domestic violence. Talk to them and talk to them now, keep that conversation going,” she said to an uproar of applause from the women present in the square, including a number of female politicians. (AH)