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Howey In The Hills, FL, February 17, 2015 –(– The U.S based Caribbean American Domestic Violence Awareness organization (CADVA) and Caribbean One Billion Rising are coming together for International Women’s Day in Guyana, South America beginning with a Women Speaker Series-Sister to Sister Circle on Sunday, March 8th, 2015 and a Luncheon to be held at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, Georgetown, Guyana. March 9th, 2015 an Artistic presentation of music, spoken words and drama honoring several local women with a Red Revolution Gala at the National Cultural Centre, Georgetown, Guyana honoring women under the theme: “Let the Women Speak: The Revolution Unveiled.” Participants are from various demographics, including the US.CADVA’s joins One Billion Rising across the Caribbean with Risings for the Revolution theme which has already begun with the Y3K group from Guyana who performed in the NYC Uprising event on Saturday, February 7th, 2015
CADVA continues to reach across our Caribbean and American demographics to ensure this message of hope, empowerment and prevention remains a central focus. A special tribute to the late Dr. Faith Harding will be held.Details of all events, including locations and times for guests are posted on the CADVA website at on the events page.CADVA is a US based Non-Profit Organization focusing on advocacy against Domestic and other forms of Violence by grass roots community efforts, partnering and involvement throughout the Caribbean Region and the Diaspora. Dianne Madray is the representative for Caribbean One Billion Rising as well as CADVA’s COO and Programme Director.

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Let the Women Speak: Revolution Unveiled 2015

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October 7, 2014 5:38 am By Tracey Khan – Drakes

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The One Billion Rising Movement continues to build momentum after its official introduction to Guyana through the Caribbean American Domestic Violence (CADVA) organization recently, which saw the founder of the movement, Eve Ensler, visiting Guyana.

Regional Coordinator, Dianne Madray held a meeting on Monday, October 06 at the seawalls that saw over 50 women from several regions throughout the country in attendance.

Madray explained that during her interaction with the women, she was shocked to hear their many painful stories of abuse that are still fresh.

She is also shocked that many women from the interior who were allegedly raped or sexually abused are unaware that those acts are criminal and punishable by law.

As such the OBR movement is now looking at hosting more awareness sessions to educate women on their rights and the laws that have been established to protect them and how they can be accessed.

She added that this is a part of their campaign under the OBR’s 2015 revolution theme that was launched in the Caribbean, aimed at edifying women at the grass root level.One Billion 2

Madray says she intends to continue various ‘speak out’ sessions; however, it will be done within the communities of those groups that are more at risk to domestic and other types of violence.

Another weak area that was pointed out during the meeting was adequate follow-up by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that would come into the communities to assist the women.

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They women called for more of this to be done since it is badly needed. They also urged for more counseling sessions to be done with victims of abuse.

Madray also highlighted the need for adequate health care services to be provided to Guyanese women especially those in the interior since most of the women have never received a full medical checkup because of their financial standings.


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September 29, 2014 1:28 pm Category:

By Tracey Khan – Drakes

 Eve Ensler [left] and OBR’s Regional Coordinator, Dianne Madray. [iNews' Photo]

[] – The One Billion Rising (OBR) movement was formally introduced to Guyana through the Caribbean American Domestic Violence Awareness Organization (CADVA), yesterday, Sunday, September 28.Founder of the movement, Eve Ensler, popularly known as ‘The Vagina Lady’ arrived in Guyana on Saturday evening as part of her Caribbean tour for two major events that kicked off last evening with a panel discussion at the Pegasus Hotel.

The discussion focused on the ‘State of Female Justice in Guyana’. Women from the grass root level were in the audience and shared personal stories of abuse they endured and even witnessed.

The panel featured a number of women representing Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) which help women at the grass root level overcome the trauma and pain that abuse has caused them.

This evening [Monday, September 29] at the Theater Guild, there will be an artistic presentation and an intimate conversation with Ensler, who is also author of the vagina Monologues. This will conclude her tour in Guyana.

“We have an artistic presentation call ‘Let the women speak’, we’re taking that to a next level, we’re taking situations, stories that have happened in Guyana to transform through the arts”, according to the OBR’s Regional Coordinator, Dianne Madray.

She further noted, “We have invited her [Ensler] to join us to escalate this campaign and to bring the Caribbean to the forefront especially Guyana, we all know the issues that women are facing here and basically the talk has to stop and we have to create some better actions in terms of effecting the change that our women want to see.”

Madray plans to take this movement forward in a more intense way after the two major events conclude as she stressed the need for organizations to work together for the common goal which is to end violence against women.

Ensler said the OBR movement is not a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) but instead an ‘energy’ that is not owned by any one person but belongs to the community.

“It is an energy that the grass root women take and make it work for their communities because they know the injustices and the violence that is committed against women in their communities,” she stressed.

Eighteen years ago, Ensler wrote and performed a play, from her piece ‘the vagina monologue’ which grew and created a worldwide movement, making women aware of violence through the art form, example, poetry, dance, drama etc.

“That was 18 years ago and after that the movement exploded around the globe, it spread to 140 countries where the play was performed in 40 languages and through the efforts of local grass root activists it has raised US$125 million over the last 18 years which is going directly to the grass roots women who are working on the ground to have hotline to create shelters to create advocacy and discourse around the issues of ending violence against women and girls.”

She added that her movement is aimed at showing that there is “nothing more powerful than global solidarity as it makes all of us safer in our outspokenness, braver in what we feel willing to do. When we see women rise in Sudan and Somalia or young women rise in Tehran or domestic workers take to the streets of Hong Kong risking lives and jobs, it inspires all of us to go further when we know the eyes of the world are on us.”

Ensler’s movement has seen laws created, passed and enforced, leaders born, politicians held to the fire, major and invisible injustices were highlighted and proven undeniable.

“Our cries for each of our particular justices rose and merged in a sea of cries and demands, creating a new collage, a new collective vision and radical landscape of what a just world might look like for women and girls.”

She also spoke of the need for laws to be less complex since they are not accessed by the women who need them and added that lawmakers need to take this inconsideration since a lot of laws that are passed to protect women, fail them.

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Inspiring students from the Caribbean Student Association proudly stood in the Nyumburu Multicultural Center to raise awareness about the growing domestic violence in St. Lucia, leaving everyone in attendance feeling both shocked and empowered.

The CSA hosted the event “His side, Her side…The Truth: A look into Domestic Violence” through the Caribbean American Domestic Violence Awareness organization, which was founded by Sukree Boodram, author of Break Out, and victim of domestic violence. The organization strives to empower victims and survivors, as well as build awareness, and educate the public on the hard truths of domestic violence that surrounds us.

The event stressed the terror of the effects of domestic violence, and how victims can find support in their time of need. The proceeds of the night went to the St. Lucia crisis center in order to combat the rising rate of domestic violence in St. Lucia.

The event started with the students bringing light to the definition of domestic abuse and the many types of abuse that exist. They stressed the fact that ANYONE can be a victim, regardless of age, sex, race, culture, and religion.

Along with the Women Empowered to Achieve the Impossible (WETATi), and the Sisterhood of Unity in Love (SOUL), the CSA presented guest speakers that focused on both female and male victims of this traumatizing abuse.

The Keynote speaker, Dianne Madray, has dedicated herself to empowering the youth, and promoting a positive change in communities for under-privileged children through facilities such as educational and recreational centers. Madray holds a Master’s Degree in Community Mental Health, and has worked extensively on the empowerment of women, through making healthy choices and good decisions.

Madray began her speech by telling everyone to close their eyes and listen to her soothing voice. “The people sitting next to you may have experienced abuse, or may currently be experiencing abuse” she said, “free the past, free your bodies, be healed, and be at peace.”

Madray went on to relay her own experience with abuse, stressing that by telling it, she hoped that she could help the audience to recognize the signs before it was too late. She emphasized “paying attention to the triggers” and going with your gut feeling in a relationship that may become abusive.

While many see the face of the abuser as a stranger, Madray said that in fact, abusers are often the ones that are closest to us, and the ones we fall victim to trusting even when we should not.

Many students were shocked by the brutality of Madray’s experience. Junior nutritional science major Meheret Asfaw said, “I didn’t think it was possible for abuse to go that far. We have to keep informing friends about what we learned here to better our lives in general.”


The next guest speaker Marsha Woodland, motivational speaker and founder of Building Bridges, also recounted her childhood of dark violence and sexual abuse. She remembered that violence was normal in her home, and that she developed a victim mentality from the environment and culture that surrounded her there.

Amber Ferguson, senior history major, said that the speakers made her realize that “domestic violence can happen to me, my friends, or anyone.” She shuddered and said, “the brutality of the stories was the most surprising; most people leave out such violent details when expressing an account of rape.”

In order to take the lessons learned at the event into our lives here at college park, Madray said that “as young people coming into college you are new at relationships, and understanding the diversity and different experiences in a relationship is new.” Through these experiences, and the help from the event, we have to recognize what makes a relationship unhealthy, and leave it.

We as students have to look out for each other in our community, and continue to raise awareness about domestic violence and abuse that can affect us all.

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Help & Shelter Break the Silence, Stop the Violence Public Service Message<br>Guyana, South America

Help & Shelter was founded in 1995 to work against all types of violence, especially domestic and sexual violence and child abuse. They have become a leader in the fight against violence in Guyana and in the provision of services to victims/survivors. Their work is widely recognised and in the 2011 national honours list they were awarded a Medal of Service.

On their website you can find information about Help & Shelter and the work we do, including counselling, public education and advocacy and shelter for abused women and their children.

The resources, including our manuals and public education materials, may be freely downloaded and distributed but we would be grateful if you would acknowledge Help & Shelter in any derived works. You can reach their emergency hotline at 227-3454 or 225-4731

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See this public service message with victims and their families speaking out.

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