Mailbox – Gender

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I’m a little late posting this but thankfully the 16 days are still in effect. Since the start of knowing myself I’ve been a supporter of women’s rights towards gender equality. So, I was happy circumstances allowed me to be a part of the Orange Day Rally which formed part of the 16 Days of Activism in Antigua. That’s me (your blogger, Joanne C. Hillhouse) in the upper left hand corner of the image above reading part of ‘Genevieve’ from Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings, and Corporal Punishment as it appeared in  Womanspeak. Big up to the co-organizers with Gender, Art Culture Antigua, and Intersect – both online platforms clearly spilling over in to the real world, one focused on Antiguan and Barbudan arts and one on gender intersectionality. The above image (and most other images in this post) is pulled from the Art. Culture. Antigua. page as since this page is all about the Wadadli Pen, I wanted to share images of some of the writers participating in the Orange Day Rally. See those below; then keep scrolling for the letter from Gender and for the full programme of activities (from my mailbox). If you’re in Antigua and Barbuda, I hope you’ll be able to come out to at least one and wherever you live, in your every day life, think and act in a way that makes the world a fairer place for all genders.

From left Aziza Lake, Linisa George, and Amaya Athill. Aziza is an open mic vet - though I don't know if she's still writing these days, she produced some really beautiful and thoughtful poetry when she did; Linisa is a warrior for the arts and for meaningful arts most recently through her Art. Culture. Antigua project; and I actually don't know if Amaya writes but I know she's out there making waves and that's artistic in and of itself.

From left Aziza Lake, Linisa George, and Amaya Athill. Aziza is an open mic vet – though I don’t know if she’s still writing these days, she produced some really beautiful and thoughtful poetry when she did; Linisa is a warrior for the arts and for meaningful arts most recently through her Art. Culture. Antigua project; and I actually don’t know if Amaya writes but I know she’s out there making waves and that’s artistic in and of itself.

Michelle Toussaint, author of Now Taking a Lover.

Michelle Toussaint, author of Now Taking a Lover.

Zahra Airall performing a little street theatre, fresh from directing her girls through a critically acclaimed and award winning showing at the Caribbean Secondary Schools Drama Festival in Trinidad.

Zahra Airall performing a little street theatre, fresh from directing her girls through a critically acclaimed and award winning showing at the Caribbean Secondary Schools Drama Festival in Trinidad.

Sighted: the only back to back winner in Wadadli Pen's history, Asha Graham.

Sighted: the only back to back winner in Wadadli Pen’s history, Asha Graham.

Fayola Jardine, talented and hard working young writer; loved her pieces.

Fayola Jardine, talented and hard working young writer; loved her pieces.

Me.

Me.

And now the Directorate of Gender Affairs letter:

19th November, 2015.

To Whom It May Concern

The Directorate of Gender Affairs, a division within the Ministry of Social Transformation and Human Resource Development is embarking on a programme to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism Campaign against Gender-based Violence. The 16 Days of Activism Campaign is a global initiative which is recognized in Antigua and Barbuda as an organising strategy to mobilise support for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. The campaign runs from 25th November, International Day for the Elimination of all Forms of Violence against Women to 10th December, International Human Rights Day. The period also highlights 1st December, World AIDS Day and 3rd December, International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This year we launch our campaign under the theme “It Stops Here! End Gender Based Violence.”

Gender-based violence is an epidemic in our society. One only needs to look through local headlines and the frequency and severity of violent behavior is astounding. All persons are affected and we need to unite and raise our voices in support of survivors, there is no excuse for violence.

Various events and activities will take place during the 16 Days of Activism to raise awareness and garner support for local initiatives relating to these very important issues we therefore take this opportunity to extend an invitation you and you Organization to participate in the 16 Days of Activism Campaign.

 Church Service at the St. Peters Anglican Church on the 22nd November at 9:am
 Orange Flash Rally on the 25th November from 2:00pm to 5:00pm on Lower Redcliff Street…We encourage you to come out in your numbers wearing Orange as we Celebrate Orange day.
 Open House & Website Launch on the 26th November from 10:00am to 4:00pm of the Directorate on the Corner of Nevis Str. & Friendly Alley.
 Round South Community Outreach at Coco Rose Hall on 26th November in Urlings at 6:00pm
 Youth Connect “Soapbox on Gender” on 27th November from 3:00-5:00pm via Observer Radio 91.1 fm. We invite you to tune in and listen, and call or whatsapp your view.
 Cycle-Cade & Fitness Jam to End Violence on 29th November (Start- Gender Affairs Head Office, up Nevis Str., left unto independence Avenue, Right unto Factory Rd. to the Sir. Vivian Richards Stadium. From Sir. Vivian Richards Stadium to Gender Affairs Head Office- Old Pahram Rd., Down through Pigotts, to ARG Roundabout, left unto Independence Avenue, Right unto Redcliff Str.) from 2:00pm. We invite you to wear orange or purple, however the first 100 persons to register will get a FREE T-shirt. There will also be prizes to be won.
 Movie Night “The Perfect Guy” Followed by a discussion on the 4th December at the Deluxe Cinema.
 Human Rights Open Mic Night at Heavenly Java 2 Go (Redcliff Quay) from 8:00- 11:00

Please see attached the Calendar of Events for the campaign. Thank you for your kind consideration as we continue to count on your usual partnership. Please contact us at 462-3990 for any further information. DoGA Team
Directorate of Gender Affairs
Lower Nevis St., St. John’s, Antigua | 268 462 3990 / 268 462 1411 | Fax: 268 462 9664 | gender@ab.gov.ag

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