Nassau, Bahamas - (Statement - October 21) In light of the recent personal attacks against Candia
Dames, Managing Editor of the Nassau Guardian, we, the collective of
women’s rights and human rights activists, vehemently condemn all who
would perpetuate one of the most predictable, yet degrading tactics used
by male chauvinists to diminish the worth of women, smear their
character and silence them through intimidation. These tactics are acts
of violence against women.
The practice of invoking a
woman’s private relationships and inferring that she is a “slut” as
artillery against her professional credibility is rooted in the
purposeful manipulation of context in order to discredit and
discriminate. This malicious behaviour is made possible because of the
misplaced belief that a woman’s sexuality is something to be ashamed of
and the false perception that a woman should know her role and stay in
her lane. It is also rooted in a double standard that affirms the
sexuality of men, while demeaning the sexuality of women. This double
standard is one of the greatest hypocrisies of our age.
practice of shaming a woman because of one’s perception of her sexual
practices, popularly known as #SlutShaming, needs to end. A person’s
sexual history and sexuality is a part of their private life; it is not a
matter of public record and should not be available for public
consumption regardless of how high profile the person may be. Anyone who
thinks this is an acceptable attack on one woman, will find this is an
unacceptable affront to all women. And we stand united in our
We are fed up with this appalling
behaviour being considered acceptable particularly by our fellow
citizens in positions of power and influence. It is not acceptable. This
is an example of the lingering inequality that demands continued
collective action to transform our society through behaviour change.
stand resolutely under the protection of our Bahamian Constitution, The
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, The U.N. Convention to End All
Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the Belém do Pará Convention.
Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, states: “No one
shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family,
home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation.
Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such
interference or attacks.”
We call on our fellow citizens to be more conscious
of their actions and to refrain from the perpetuation of violence
Terneille Burrows, Donna Nicolls, Noelle Nicolls, Teran
Nicholls, Erin Greene, Dr. Sandra Dean Patterson, Nicolette Bethel,
Marion Bethel, Dr. Novia Carter, Stephen B. Aranha, Kathy Ingraham, Paco
Nunez, Patrina Khoo Farquharson, Wayne Farquharson, Amanda Coulson,
Ruth Bowe Darville, Alicia Wallace, Stacey Moultrie, Audrey Roberts,
Annick Brennen, Stephen Hanna, Sharrah Moss-Hackett, Simmone Bowe,
LaGloria Davis, Sharon Cleare, Don Sargent, Jasper Williams-Ward, Ted
Forbes, Crystal Darling, Gwendolyn Knowles, Sam Duncombe, Randy Rahming,
Jamie Forbes, Alexander Sargent, Prodesta Moore, Beaumont Todd,
Juliette Patterson, Susan Glinton, Sarah Kirkby, Louby Georges, Glenn
Major, Therena Cunningham, Phillipa Farrington, Glendina Joseph, Gregory
A Collie II, M’Wale Rahming, Bahamas Women's Watch, Rise Bahamas,
Bahamas Crisis Centre, S.T.R.A.W. Inc. Center for Young Women, Bahamas
Against Sexual Violence & Child Abuse, Equality Bahamas, Hollaback!
Bahamas, World Merit Bahamas, Citizens for Constitutional Equality
(CCE), SASS (Smart and Strong Sisterhood)
This public photo album on Facebook was posted on October 19th. Individuals are seen holding signs saying "iStandwithCandiaDames"