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Oct 4, 2018

Senator Speaks Out Against Gender Base Violence

Carla Barnett

Speaking on the adjournment during Wednesday’s Senate meeting, Senator Doctor Carla Barnett touched on the much talked about topic of gender-based violence. In her address, Senator Barnett remembered the tragic murder of Hermelinda Pinks who was reportedly killed by her ex-boyfriend in February in an apparent murder/suicide. Four months later, Ervin Wade was found guilty of murdering twenty-five-year-old Keisha Buller. Buller was viciously stabbed inside her home on Price Street in Benque Viejo del Carmen on July tenth, 2015. More recently, Orange Walk town resident Mariela Alpuche Rodriguez was choked to death in Independence Village at the hands of her husband, Arturo Rodriguez. The problem of gender-based violence has been widely discussed over the years and in November 2017; a project tackling official responses to gender-based violence and trafficking in persons was launched. Unfortunately more has to be done and Senator Barnett believes that the first step in addressing this problem should be taken in the households.


Dr. Carla Barnett, U.D.P. Senator

“We have to be prepared as women to change behavior and men also have to willing to change behavior. We have to decide what it is what we are willing to accept as a society and the level of violence in our society is not acceptable. I am of the view that the acceptance of violence begin in the home. That is where people learn that it is normal. So we have to understand what happens in the home context and seek to address that.”

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