“The meeting was awesome and so informative. I was really glad I could make it. The presentations left me speechless, especially the ones that conveyed the personal struggles of those who were victims of violence. It makes me want to be as involved as I can be. Please let me know if there are any areas I can help in and I will try to do my best to be a participant and to stop this scourge on our society.”
Feedback from delegates was overwhelmingly positive with one participant remarking:
Alongside representatives from government departments and civil society organisations, the event was attended by Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson and HE the EU Ambassador to the Eastern Caribbean and Barbados, Mikael Barfod and his wife Mrs Maxia Barfod.
Ambassador Barfod provided the closing speech for the event, remarking on the progress of the project to date and the importance of the information that had been shared. Pulling together all of the threads of the various presentations, the Ambassador hoped that some of the crucial debates generated would be picked up by civil society organisations and especially, the religious leaders present since one of the key findings of the research was the view that the Church could play a major role in preventing domestic violence. Referring to its dynamic social media presence, Ambassador Barfod suggested that None in Three has the potential to spread its message across all sections of society, and that it was his belief that only through a ‘whole of society’ approach could domestic
violence truly be tackled. In closing he thanked the stakeholders, government departments and agencies of both countries for the support extended to Professor Jones and her team.
The event concluded with a tribute to Ambassador Barfod. This was delivered by Professor Jones in recognition of the value of his contribution to promoting the rights of women and children in the
region to be protected from violence in all its forms and also to mark the end of his term of office in Barbados. Gifts were presented to Ambassador and Mrs Barfod and the evening ended with an evening reception in their honour.
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