Proposed New Domestic Violence Act

On February 24th 2016, ASPIRE hosted a one-day meeting with key Government agencies and departments, to discuss recommendations made by local organizations in relation to the proposed new Domestic Violence Act.  Civil society organizations (CSOs) were largely left out of the process for review and after meetings with CSOs, ASPIRE compiled all recommendations from organizations which work with victims.  The meeting provided an opportunity to present those recommendations and to discuss issues of mutual concern.  The meeting was attended by the Director of the Family Court, Director of the Human Services Department, Chief Education Officer, Sargent in charge of the Vulnerable Persons Unit (Royal St. Lucia Police Force – RSLPF), Head of the Community Relations Branch of the RSLPF, representative of the Commissioner of Police, Gender Officer, Gender Relations Department, Director, National Community Foundation and representatives of five CSOs.   Several agreements were made at that meeting and the amended proposals were submitted to the Attorney General. 

Workshop For Civil Society Organizations, Fire Service and the Royal St. Lucia Police Force

On February 8th and 9th 2016, ASPIRE hosted a two-day workshop for civil society organizations and First responders of the Fire Service and the Royal St. Lucia Police Force  with focus on SRHR.  It focussed on some of the challenges faced by vulnerable groups.  See below highlights from that two-day event

ASPIRE hosted a Capacity Building workshop for civil society organizations which deal with victims of violence as part of activities to mark International Women’s Day  

building for public speaking, Understanding Feminism and project implementation and management.

ASPIRE worked with youth groups and the CAFRA Youth League to build capacity on issues of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights,  as well as to counter gender based violence.  See some highlights below.  Partnership with the CAFRA Youth League allowed us to work in schools:

ASPIRE continued to work closely with its membership of youth, called the ASPIRE Caribbean Youth Network and a series of peer-group meetings were held, as well as capacity building for public speaking, Understanding Feminism and project implementation and management.

The Youth Network also undertake a campaign against Gender Based Violence, which included community sensitizations sessions and a demonstration.

Youth Health Fair in collaboration with CAFRA St. Lucia and the CAFRA Youth League

Youth Training is a significant area of ASPIRE’s work.  Ten workshops were held for youth during 2016.  Three were for community based youth, two were for members of the ASPIRE Caribbean Youth Network and five were for youth based in schools.

Training focused on building the capacity of youth to advocate for their rights and to teach each other about  personal empowerment and comprehensive sexuality education.

Youth Training is a significant area of ASPIRE’s work.  Ten workshops were held for youth during 2016.  Three were for community based youth, two were for members of the ASPIRE Caribbean Youth Network and five were for youth based in schools.

Training focused on building the capacity of youth to advocate for their rights and to teach each other about  personal empowerment and comprehensive sexuality education.

ASPIRE organized a Youth Debating Competition focusing on the importance  of Comprehensive Sexuality Education for Youth in the school system.

Community Meetings

Six Community Meetings were held as part of ASPIRE’s to stop discrimination against LGBT persons in the society. Bexon, Babonneau, Vieux-Fort , Choiseul.

These events provided the opportunity to work with community leaders; to meet with gate keepers; to highlight significance of SRHR and to undertake community education generally.  

‘Doh Stick’ campaign

For carnival every year in July, ASPIRE undertakes the ‘Doh Stick’ campaign which features media highlights re safe sex and free distribution of condoms.  This was done throughout the carnival season during the parade of the bands and also during key events such as the major carnival parties as well as the Calypso and soca competitions.

In December 2016 ASPIRE hosted a community health fair which encouraged members  of the society to pay attention to the issues which lead to non-communicable diseases and lifestyle diseases generally.  This was done in collaboration with nurses and doctors as well as private sector organizations which provided healthy  refreshments

All services provided at the community health fair were free of charge and many persons came to have the blood sugar and pressure checked, among others.