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Hands around the Carenage Candlelight Vigil

December 8, 2012

:: by Damarlie Antoine ::


Photo by Sam Javanrouh

Photo by Sam Javanrouh

Being a young activist, I was more than thrilled to grab the opportunity to help with the successful planning and execution of this event, Hands around the Carenage Candlelight Vigil, in remembrance of the fallen victims of domestic violence in Grenada, to be held this Monday 10th Dec at 5pm. This is especially true since one of my first realities, growing up in Grenada, was that of gender based violence. I have since made it my duty to play an active role in eradicating gender inequalities in my society as it appears that Grenadians no longer acknowledge the fact that gender is one of the leading predictors of violence in this 21st century.

As a success, Hands around the Carenage (being the first of this nature), will indicate that we are a people, who are conscious of our realities, willing to do our part to improve our society. Standing arm in arm with the candles, filling the entire Carenage, will indicate that we acknowledge the fact that gender based violence affects us all, directly and indirectly, and that we must work in harmony, as perpetrators, victims, and witnesses to help eradicate this social ill.

This innovative event is coordinated by The Grenada National Organization of Women in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Development. Our challenge is to reach enough people, like yourself, so that we can together line the Carenage from end to end. We know it is possible, in fact, we know that there are enough compassionate Grenadians committed to harmony and equality to fill the Carenage ten times over! So, join us! Be a part of this beautiful statement to the nation, region and the world.

Hands around the Carenage Candlelight Vigil

Monday 10th December, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

The Pedestrian Plaza, Carenage St. George’s.

**Please wear white in honor of International Human Rights Day**

The evening’s proceedings will commence with the distribution of white ribbons, candles, and programs. This will be followed by a short ceremony from 5:30 p.m.The event will end with persons standing arm in arm holding candles from the sidewalk opposite the Fire Station, to the sidewalk opposite the Financial Complex.



Damarlie AntoineDamarlie Antoine

Damarlie Antoine is 22 year old feminist, equality advocate, writer, and poetry performer by the name of Equity. She holds a Bsc in Sociology and Psychology from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus. Currently, a Director at GrenCHAP, and volunteer at GRENAIDS and GNOW. Also, she is deeply involved in writing her first book, while enjoying life as a beach bum and nature woman in Grenada.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 8, 2012 7:58 pm

    I am very happy to see a young lady in her early twenties taking a stand and being an advocate out there for women who have been facing violence or being abused. i must say i applaud that move and the initiative you took lots more young people need to follow in your footsteps and speak out against violence. its time to say ”i will not take no more ” and have those cowards put behind bars..

  2. michele delisle permalink
    December 9, 2012 7:48 pm

    Way to go my sister. I applaud you for what youre doing. keep on educating my brothers and sisters of grenada carriacou and petite martinique. you also need to do one ib carriacou and petite martinique as well. we are all grenadians. peace

  3. Kadie! permalink
    December 10, 2012 10:32 pm

    I hope to meet all you wonderful people next year .. Grenada is so full of promise and promising people .. our future is bright

  4. Equity permalink
    December 15, 2012 7:39 pm

    Thanks for the positive feedback everyone! This really gives me the motivation to continue playing my part to create a better society!

    Brian Indeed.

    Michele, Caraicou and Petit Martinique is definitely on our minds! We’re taking it one step at a time :).

    Kadie I look forward to meeting you when you visit as long as I’m here as well!


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