President's Note - April 2017
AFETT President 2016/2017
April showers bring May flowers, or so the saying goes. April turned out to be one of the hottest months with very little April showers. One could not help but reminisce that the more things change the more they stay the same. However, we continue to press on and expect change. Much like bush fires in the dry season as well as floods in the rainy season, caring about your environment goes hand in hand with caring about the social wellbeing of our loved ones.
AFETT was formed in 2002 with the intent to support and advocate for women. In recent years, we found it even more important to advocate with the inclusion of our Research and Public Advocacy Committee.
If we truly care about the social aspects of life, especially wanting the future to be aptly prepared for children, discussions must be positioned to affect a broader perspective such as policy change. Women were considered the “weaker sex” and in more recent years have proven their strength beyond just physical. Women have very different experiences in life that affect how they dress, speak, as well as their body language. Being aware of one’s surroundings is just a part of growing up for a girl. Therefore, the word feminist or advocate is now more common, with injustices worldwide that have forced persons and many women to speak up. It is no longer acceptable to ignore certain conversations if it does not affect you. Privilege is when you think something is not a problem because it is not a problem to you personally.
AFETT boldly joined the WINAD coalition in support of increasing the legal age of marriage. In addition, we seek to influence the Sexual Harassment Laws in Trinidad, whilst also advocating for Child Care Solutions in the workplace. We all have a moral responsibility to leave this earth better than we met it and it is important to make a difference when the opportunity arises.
Many may consider themselves an “accidental feminist” when they become more informed of the statistics of Gender Based Violence. We must also understand the importance to do more. Gender sensitivity is therefore an important conversation AFETT wants to have with its membership and the public. Whilst we explore the role of men with gender issues and non-sexist language, we hope this May’s panel discussion brings about an informed perspective and influence change.
Please take this opportunity with us as a new season emerges to embrace the winds of change by making a difference and increasing knowledge. We will be welcoming our 2017 -2018 board at our Annual AGM on June 22nd, and do hope that you continue this journey with AFETT as we advocate towards a better future for us all.
AFETT President 2016/2017