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St Lucia nonprofit group advocates for women and children's rights
Published on April 8, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

(L-R) Betty Munera, Karlyn Percil, Juliette Walcott and Vernette Eugene

CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Bellemoun Community Youth Network (BCYN), a not-for-profit organisation formed to facilitate connections between organisations in the Caribbean and individuals and organizations in North America is launching a regional campaign to advocate on child abuse in the Caribbean.

The month of April is celebrated as Youth Month. Across the world, the rights of children are recognized as fundamental human rights. In the US, April is recognized as Sexual Awareness Month and, in the Caribbean, the UN under the UNiTE umbrella has deemed Child Sexual Abuse a human rights issue.

As part of this awareness, Karlyn Percil (@Karlynpercil), president of BYCN, 404 Media Group (@404mg) and three other members of the BCYN (@BCYNetwork) team are launching a "Break the Silence" regional campaign.

The organization is leveraging social media with the hopes to gain 500,000 pledges to help break the silence and put an end to child abuse. Individuals, parents and family members within the Caribbean and Diaspora are encouraged to pledge against child abuse in the region. Participants are encouraged to join the BCYN Team for the online launch here: Pledging can be found at:

If you would like your pledge on our page, please send a recent photo of yourself and your pledge to end child abuse. Pledge photos can be sent to
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