GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- In its ongoing campaign to expand its outreach, Caribbean American Domestic Violence Awareness Group (CADVA) teamed up with the newly elected Miss Guyana World 2013, Ruqayyah Boyer, who last Friday hosted an interactive forum at the St Stanislaus College auditorium in Georgetown, Guyana, focused on domestic violence and how it impacts children.
Miss Guyana World 2013, Ruqayyah Boyer
The forum, organised with IMRARC, CADVA’s sister organization in Guyana, an NGO that focuses on youth development, discussed ways in which Boyer can use her platform to shine a light on abuse-related issues and how the community can develop better coping and conflict resolution skills to minimize the growing epidemic of domestic abuse in the region.
On Sunday, Boyer participated in a community health fair in Cane Grove, which was held in collaboration with Guyana’s Ministry of Health and two other CADVA partners, Operation Dream Catchers from New York, which is currently doing medical outreach in Guyana, and IMRARC (host group).
Launched in 2010 by author and survivor Sukree Boodram and mental health advocate and social activist Dianne Madray, CADVA’s mission is to provide a safe environment where individuals and communities can share and receive information to help combat domestic violence in particular and violence in general. This is being done by building the platform for Caribbean communities through dialogue forums and breakout sessions against domestic and other forms of violence via education, and public awareness campaigns.
Major CADVA activities thus far include a national conference on youth violence in Guyana last summer and a breakout rally against domestic violence in 2010, also in Guyana. CADVA has also participated in the First Caribbean Hindu Conference held last year in New York City as well as a number of forums throughout the US, including at several of colleges and public education institutions. Also, CADVA is planning a Caribbean regional anti-violence conference in August of 2014.
Additionally CADVA has taken to the airwaves, through interviews on radio and TV throughout the US and the Caribbean as well as far away as Argentina. Recently CADVA also launched its own program on New York’s ITV.
CADVA is experiencing unprecedented outreach from other Caribbean countries. Consequently, the organization has decided to target two different Caribbean nations each year as part of its long-term strategic plan of working towards violence free communities. This year the focus is on Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago.
Meanwhile, CADVA encourages parents, social workers, community leaders and educators to come together to effect change with the hope of re-engineering communities to a violence free environment. After all, there really is no excuse for hitting, punching, beating, raping or kicking another person.
CADVA is a US-based non-profit organization focusing on advocacy against domestic and other forms of violence by grass roots community efforts, partnering and involvement throughout the Caribbean region, bringing other organizations together through collaboration.