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

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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