Wednesday, 25 September 2013

UN Women willing to help set up crisis centre

A SENIOR official of UN Women has given the assurance to Social Development Minister, Delma Thomas, that her organisation will like to assist in setting up a crisis centre for battered women.

Thomas, in a sideline meeting last weekend with Assistant Secretary General for UN Women, Lakshi Puri, made a plea for the assistance. She told Ambassador Puri that the Grenada Government is grateful for the past and continuous assistance that her organisation has provided to the country in matters relating to gender equality.

Minister of Social Development, Delma Thomas (left),
in discussion with UN officials.
She said that while Grenada has made progress in addressing the issue of violence against women, it is moving forward with a comprehensive policy that will guarantee their further empowerment.

Key to that policy, Thomas said, is the need to develop a one-stop crisis centre where battered women can get the legal, health and counselling aid they will need, as well as have a shelter that can house their families in a time of crisis.

In response, Puri said that it is an area which the UN Department will like to assist.

“We think that is a brilliant idea, and we believe that we can mobilise the support that can establish such a centre. We will be more than delighted to work with you,” Ambassador Puri said.

Thomas promised to aggressively follow up on the discussions and to ensure that there is a firm arrangement once she returns to Grenada. Puri welcomed Thomas and Ambassador Denis Antoine to her office, saying that she has been made aware of her work for women, children and disadvantaged people.

“We have learnt that you are regarded as the people’s minister, and that you have been a strong advocate, especially for women and children,” Ambassador Puri said in congratulating the Minister.

Thomas, who was in New York attending the High Level meeting at the United Nations on disability, requested special discussions on the sidelines with the UN Department that deals with global women’s issues.

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