Ecumenical and Candle Light Vigil held in San Ignacio Town Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00

vigil1.jpg - 53.96 KbAn Ecumenical and candle light vigil was held near the Columbus Park in San Ignacio Town this past Sunday. The events formed part of the Sixteen Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence and was organized by the Women’s Department.

In the short religious service near the San Ignacio Police Station, residents from Benque Viejo del Carmen, San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town, dressed in purple, pink and other colors, listening attentively to the broadcast messages. (There were women dressed in purple and bright orange, signifying awareness against domestic violence and red clothing to observe World Aids Day. Bright orange is worn on the 25th of every month)

“As we go through these 16 days of Activism, I pray that we will be women of fire, women of Spirit and women of purpose…men, you were not created to abuse us and abandon us; you were made to support us,” stated Sherilyn Flowers, a Professor from the Eden Seventh Day Adventist High School in Santa Elena Town.

The congregation then proceeded to walk in pairs with candles along the principal streets of San Ignacio, with the San Ignacio Community Policing Unit at the lead.

The event held Sunday also coincides with World Aids Day.

“You can go to the hospital and get to know your (HIV/AIDS) status, because it is best to know your status than to be living and not knowing what position you are in with HIV, and then when it comes to domestic violence, everybody has a right to live free of violence,” says Kathleen Pate, Women Development Officer who was the primary organizer of the events last Sunday.

This year’s theme for the Sixteen Days of Activism is ‘From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Challenging Violence against Women.’

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 16:20