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Female parliamentarians are under fire from a local lobbyist group for their failure to speak forcefully against the abuses that St Lucian women are subjected to.

Raise Your Voice Secretary Catherine Sealys has made the observation in the wake of several pornographic videos where women are exposed for the purpose of what she believes is embarrassment and ridicule.

Sealys stressed that while it is assumed that women’s presence in parliament and other public sector agencies will automatically lead to the establishment of policies and legislation that will transform the lives of women, female parliamentarians have become agents of political parties which exert powerful restraining influence that stalls progress on the legislative agenda that will benefit women and girls.

In addition Sealys stressed deep disappointment, that after more than twelve (12) years the OECS Family Law Bills designed to provide protection to women and children is still in consultation stage with no set date for implementation.

Sealys noted that it is an indictment on female parliamentarians in successive governments who have failed to advance the cause of women and paying lip service to the issues confronting their counterparts only during election campaigns.

Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia Inc, further calls on the Minister of National Security Hermangild Francis to provide the Sexual Assault Response Team and the Vulnerable Persons Unit (VPU) within the Royal St. Lucia Police Force the necessary resources to mitigate and investigate crime against women and girls.

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