The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Christian Council in collaboration with Civil Society Organisations, the Churches, and several Government agencies, will host a National Conversation on Crime and Violence on Wednesday and Thursday April 18th and 19th at the Methodist Church Hall under the theme, “Building a Culture of Peace in Our Communities and Our Nation.”
The main objectives of the Conversation are:
- To examine the nature, causes, and consequences of crime and criminality in our society with the aim of assisting in their prevention and reduction.
- To explore options for collaborating with existing institutions and organisations charged with the prevention, detection, and prosecution of individuals and institutions involved in crime.
- To conceptualize and design a workable Plan of Action, for the Churches, to combat violence and crime in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, taking into consideration the work of existing institutions, relevant data and national studies.
Professor Anthony Harriott, internationally recognised criminologist, of the Institute of Criminal Justice and Security at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus, Jamaica, will be the keynote speaker while Mrs. Ingrid O’ Marde, Community Development Consultant will facilitate the two day conversation.
Prime Minister Dr. Hon Ralph E. Gonsalves and Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Hon. Godwin Friday will both address the opening ceremony.
Participants will be drawn from Churches, Schools, the NGO community, political parties and Government agencies.