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Thu 14th Dec 2006

Green Party condemns cold-blooded murder

SVG GREEN PARTY CONDEMNS THE COLD-BLOODED, BRUTAL, WICKED AND SENSELESS KILLING OF A YOUNG LADY AT THE LEEWARD BUS TERMINAL ON MONDAY 11TH DECEMBER 2006

The SVG Green Party condemns the cold-blooded, brutal, wicked and senseless killing of a young lady at the Leeward bus terminal on Monday 11th December 2006. The SVG Green Party sends its sincere condolences to the family of the young lady.

Such a revolting attack against women is an attack on every Vincentian and a blight on our society. Attacks on women are unacceptable. Women should be respected at all levels of society and represented in all spheres of society. Women should be treated equally in all aspects of our society as a right. There are statutory boards of directors in SVG which are all male, one of which is Vinlec. This type of inequality and discrimination against women demeans the status of women in our society. With immediate effect SVG Green Party demands:

  • an end to ULP regime hypocrisy towards women;
  • the immediate appointment of women to all statutory boards so that they are 50% women;
  • stronger laws and penalties for crimes against women;
  • a higher profile of women's rights to improve women's value in society.

The 1991 Housing and Census report tells us we are losing our young males in terms of academic progress with their female counterparts. We need to recognise that pro-active policies must be put in place to uplift the self-esteem of the male population, as it is only someone with low self-esteem and a lack of respect for women and society in general, that would commit such a heinous crime.

What pro-active measure can we put in place? We know that our male population are low achievers academically and that the 1991 Housing and Census report states that there is a tremendous drop-out rate of boys between primary and secondary school. We need to urgently put policies in place to correct this. Fifteen years have passed since that census report and both ULP and NDP governments have done nothing to diffuse this social time-bomb. The SVG Green Party has stated on a number of occasions that boys who attend the Grammar school do equally as well or better than girls at the girls high school. We have recommended that there should be either single sex primary schools or single sex classes in primary schools.

We need to put policies in place at the primary and secondary school level to fully utilise the spare time of our male pupils in a positive and productive manner to avoid liming on the block at too early an age. The issue is a mentality issue. Empowerment and responsibility-taking extra-curricular activities enable people to build up self-esteem. This would help young males and our country in general.

The pull-down approach adopted by the ULP regime of referring to young males as 'vagabonds' only exacerbates this serious situation. It is a weakness on the part of ULP government ministers to use this phrase and they need a mentality change too.

Signed:

Ivan O'Neal BSc(Hons), MSc, MBA, Leader and Co-founder of SVG Green Party

cc: Hon Prime Minister
Hon Leader of the NDP
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