Leave No One Behind: End Violence Against Women & Girls

On November 25 women across the globe will be raising their voices with the cry for the End of Violence Against Women and Girls.

Alzheimer’s Jamaica joins the rallying cry for the end of violence against our women and girls. We have had reports of abuse against persons living with the disease which is serious and is of concern to us in our work.

Whilst we acknowledge the challenges many families experience coping with the change in behaviour of their loved one living with the disease who is losing their memory, there is no need to abuse the individual physically orally or sexually.

Professors Phillemer & Finkelhor in their research writing on “Prevalence of Elder Abuse- A Random Sample Survey” [The Gerontologist, Volume 28, Issue 1, 1 February 1988, Pages 51–7] had these words “In this first large-scale random sample survey of elder abuse and neglect, interviews were conducted with 2020 community-dwelling elderly persons in the Boston metropolitan area regarding their experience of physical violence, verbal aggression, and neglect. The prevalence rate of overall maltreatment was 32 elderly persons per 1000. Spouses were found to be the most likely abusers and roughly equal numbers of men and women were victims, although women suffered more serious abuse.”

Persons living with the disease should not be abused. Caregivers who are held in trust to help to care for persons living with the disease should not abuse these persons.

At Alzheimer’s Jamaica in our public awareness seminars seek to educate on the signs of the disease so that loved ones and caregivers are mindful of the fact that their family member is losing his/her memory and is not aware of their changed behaviour. Patience love and care is what will be required.

The Executive Director of UN Women in her message commemorating this day had these words to say:

“But everyone has the right to live their life without the threat of violence. This holds for all people, no matter what their gender, age, race, religion, ethnicity or caste, and irrespective of their income level, sexual orientation, HIV status, citizenship, where they live, or any other characteristic of their identity.

At the heart of today’s theme of ‘leaving no one behind’, is leaving no one out. This means bringing women and girls as equals into everything that concerns them, and planning solutions to end violence with those who have been previously dismissed, sidelined or excluded. 

As a global community, we can act now to end violence against women and girls, to change institutions and work together to end discrimination, restore human rights and dignity, and leave no one behind.”

As we continue in our work to reach out to persons living across communities in Jamaica we will continue the advocacy cry of “Leaving No One Behind”.