DECIDES TT is a project that aims at contributing to reduce Gender Based Violence (GBV) and LGBTI discrimination in Trinidad and Tobago.
Started in March 2017 it seeks to promote respect for human rights and freedoms against gender violence and LGBTI discrimination in Trinidad and Tobago. DECIDES TT has been designed under the DECIDES Programme framework and draws from the DECIDES Caribbean project which begun in 2016. Like the latter, it develops research, training and awareness raising activities to root out biases and promote behavioural changes.
DECIDES TT emerges from the identification of different issues, such as:
Lack of relevant surveys and statistical data on the socioeconomic cost of violence and discrimination due to gender or sexual orientation or identity.
Cultural bias of professionals coping with gender-based violence and LGBTI issues, towards victimization and discrimination of both of GBV and LGBTI survivors.
Cultural normalization of gender-based violence and discrimination towards LGBTI and little awareness on their consequences, impact on women’s, children’s and LGBTI people’s health as well as on the health, development and economy of society as a whole.
Little resources and advocacy power of civil society organizations and defending human rights related to women and LGBTI.
The project is implemented by a consortium of three partner organisations: Interarts (Barcelona), Advocates for Safe Parenthood (St. Lucia) Inc. (ASPIRE) and Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action (CAFRA), who will seek synergies and cooperation with local women’s and LGBTI organisations.
DECIDES Trinidad and Tobago is co-financed by the European Commission through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) and supervised by the Delegation of the European Union in Trinidad and Tobago.