The Sista Love Project

Brutal violence against women in Trinidad and Tobago ignored by government – PBS NewsHour

This PBS feature report hits right at the core of why we started this website. The violence against women in my homeland of Trinidad and Tobago have gradually escalated to where we are one of the highest ranking for femicide in the world. It’s a well written and compact timeline of events leading up to where we stand in the fight in defense of violence against women in Trinidad and Tobago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s11Wiud_icM

Pride

As Pride Month has ended, I am reminded of the words of the great civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer that “nobody’s free until everybody’s free.” This does not exclude people who identify with the LGBTQIA community.

The original organizers of Pride Month chose this month to pay homage to the Stonewall uprising in June 1969 in New York City, which helped spark the modern gay rights movement.
Pride gatherings are rooted in the arduous history of minority groups who have struggled for decades to overcome prejudice and be accepted for who they are.

People around the world have faced violence and inequality and sometimes torture, even execution because of who they love, how they look, or who they are. Sexual orientation and gender identity are integral aspects of our selves and should never lead to discrimination or abuse. Regardless of belief systems, everyone is entitled to human rights and freedom to live and love.

Human Rights Watch works for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender peoples’ rights, and work with activists representing a multiplicity of identities and issues. They document and expose abuses based on sexual orientation and gender identity worldwide, including torture, killing and executions, arrests under unjust laws, unequal treatment, censorship, medical abuses, discrimination in health and jobs and housing, domestic violence, abuses against children, and denial of family rights and recognition.

Protections for LGBTQIA workers and marriage equality are now the law, but there’s still have a long way to go to firmly establish equal rights in all contexts. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people still face discrimination and without clear legal remedies in many contexts.

Everyone deserves to feel safe and we can all be an advocate. Speak up, stay receptive to new ideas and opinions, listen, learn and stay informed.

Tricia St John: I’m more than a domestic violence survivor

“In the earlies I used to be on TV talk shows and in the newspapers a lot. I might reach somebody and make a difference in their lives, which I’m glad about, but it didn’t do anything much for me personally except rehash the memories. It’s not giving me employment, not putting food on the table, not paying the bills, not giving me counselling, or doing anything else for me.” Tricia St. John.

We are so in awe of Sista Tricia’s strength and courage! We found our beacon of hope today. Tricia St. John, thank you for your leadership and sharing of your unique wisdom! Oh…and we have your back!

https://newsday.co.tt/2021/04/11/tricia-st-john-im-more-than-a-domestic-violence-survivor/

The Sista Love Project® Special Announcement

Good morning to everyone! I cannot thank you all enough for the love and support you have given to this group. When we began, I had no idea where all this positive energy would have led us to. What started as a webinar to bring attention to the high rates of violence against women and girls, has organically evolved into a Facebook group. Now, we have recently become a registered nonprofit corporation in the state of Florida; The Sista Love Project, Inc.!

We remain committed to our “Sistas” worldwide. We will mourn together, and we will heal together. We will continue to be survivors, just as the first woman who gave birth to us all. And yes, we are “building for eternity”, to a day where no woman or girl is ever harmed for simply being a woman or girl.

With that in mind, we are looking to build a team and we need people worldwide, with experience or knowledge in various fields including grant writing, fundraising, accounting, community contacts or any other skill sets they believe can help us further our efforts.

We are currently working on several ideas to help strengthen and support our sistas in Trinidad and Tobago and worldwide and will keep this group updated. Together, we can break the cycle of inter-generational abuse, while educating ourselves about the damage produced by such negative social norms as gender-based violence. Kindly send your responses to hr@thesistaloveproject.org, if interested. Thanks so much again for your support!

Karen Goddard, President. The Sista Love Project, Inc.

Focusing On The Victim’s Family

After speaking with an old friend about her experience with an abduction in her family. The sorrow that family members feel when a loved one goes missing can be described as “the beast within”.

“It began, in my head, possibility that she was dead; though I found it odd that a mother wouldn’t know by instinct if her daughter was dead…I tried to be calm and philosophical and tell myself this is just a mistake…this is not happening and to stop panicking, there is a logical explanation and she will come waltzing through the door. ”

SOURCE: Newsday.co.tt

The emotional impact is significant. The term “living in limbo” is often used to describe how families can’t move on while a loved one is missing. They often fluctuate between hope and hopelessness. Families may also face legal and financial problems following a disappearance. They often need to manage and protect the missing person’s affairs while they are away, which can be hugely distressing, as they can feel duty bound to protect the life they hope their missing loved one will return to.

Community support and educating yourself on violence against women is a great start. This should be done in conjunction with contacting your local legislators and political leaders to advocate for tougher laws against perpetrators of violence against women in order to get to the root of it.

Karen Goddard.

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