Dr. Rhoda Reddock, Professor of Gender Social Change, Development and Deputy Campus Principal at the University of the West Indies (UWI). St. Augustine campus called for more support for parents during an open dialogue on 9th March at the Eileene Parsons Auditorium.
In a lecture on “Child Sexual Abuse and the Complexities of Gender, Power and Sexuality” the UWI professor stated that parents of today are dealing with situations that never confronted parents of yesteryear, and she noted that a unified front and community support is critical at this time.
“Parents and households must be supportive to meet the challenges of 21st century parenting. What I am arguing-- is that parenting in the 21st century is not parenting in the 20th century. There are many other demands --- social media, the commercialization, the television, those things that makes life much more difficult for parents,” Reddock said.
She added: “Parents need to be supported we tend to just blame parents but not support them. I think if people are good enough to bring children into the world we must thank them and support them because that’s the way our societies continue.”
The lecture was organized to provide guidance on the challenges of social injustice and gender inequality in the Caribbean; and formed part of a series of lectures entitled “Exploring Caribbean Feminism: History, Culture and Movements of Social Change” which opened in Belize in March 2016 that has continued down to Anguilla, Montserrat, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago and now Tortola.
- Source: BVIHotpress.com