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Published: February 15, 2017 7:44 am AST
Solidarity was highlighted as the key message being shared to inspire women across the Territory to stand up and fight for what they deserve and more.

Females of all ages, along with a few supportive men, congregated last evening, February 14 at the parking lot of Bobby’s Supermarket to observe V-Day, a day designated to end violence against women and girls.

The observance saw persons dancing to the official song of the day, ‘Break the Chain’, which encourages persons to rise up and speak up on pertinent issues that are negatively affecting women around the world.

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Organizer of the event, and Founder and Director of the local Community Agency on Drugs and Addiction (CADA), Joanne Penney also took to the stage, where she used the opportunity to speak to and encourage women across the Territory.

“Our message to women is solidarity; stand in solidarity, speak in solidarity, break the chain, rise up and protest.”

She added, “Women are abused here in the BVI just as any place else; in the home, workplace and in their hearts, so it’s important for us to stay together.”

In an interview with BVI Platinum news, Ms. Penney stated that the event is the agency’s way of acting up against the exploitation of women.

She said, “Not just against violence, but also against low wages, disrespect, trafficking and poverty, to name a few.”

“Women, get together and stay together. If you see a woman standing up, stand with her. If you see a woman who can’t stand up, help her up. If you see a woman who has lost her voice, help her find it or speak for her until she is strong enough to speak for herself.”
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