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Girls talk about issues affecting them

GERCINE CARTER, [email protected]

Girls talk about issues affecting them

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GIRLS FROM SEVERAL secondary schools in Barbados are today facing off with authority in no-holds barred all-day youth seminar.

The annual Child Month event, organised by the Child Care Board, has brought together over 150 First to Fifth form students at the Solidarity House auditorium, to stimulate frank and open discussion on burning issues affecting girls in Barbados.

Director of the Child Care Board Joan Crawford told the Daily Nation while the Board was giving the young women “a chance to shine”, it was also a forum in which the girls were being allowed to freely air their concerns in accordance with the requirements of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the child. girls-seminar-2

Students from Springer Memorial filling out forms at today’s seminar organised by the Child Care Board.

At the end of a brief opening interactive session in which the students were very vocal,  Crawford said the discourse had uncovered some “grey” areas about  troubling matters such as sexual abuse, general abuse and the age of consent.

She promised these matters would be engaging the board’s attention, and suggested more extensive education could be one of the more immediate answers. (GC)