Concerned women take to the street

...urge support groups to help at-risk parents

By Joel Julien

FOLLOWING the brutal murder of two children recently, Jenny-Lyn Williams did what many people do nowadays.

She logged on to social networking site Facebook and expressed her outrage over the incidents.

Others agreed with her sentiments.

Williams however felt she needed to do more than just talk.

Williams and some other wo­men she met on Facebook opted to raise the issue with signs naming some of the children who were killed during the course of this country’s history, in order to raise awareness. 

“We cried, we all bawled, we all felt it and then what do we do? Forget? No, we had to do something,” Williams said.

“So I said, ‘You know what, let’s come and pray.’ We were standing here, we were praying, we were holding the signs. But prayer is not all that God has called us to do. We have to act, we have to do something,” she said.

“We are hoping that signs will encourage people to think again about our children,” she said.

Williams and a group of five other women raised their concerns with signs calling for the nation’s children to be protec­ted.

They stood outside the Express House, loca­ted along the Brian Lara Promenade in Port of Spain.

“We are just a group of concerned persons; we are not from any particular organisation but parents, mothers, women looking on, saying enough is enough,” Williams said.

“Our children must not be killed at the hands of people who are supposed to be protecting them, training them and ca­ring for them,” she said.

Williams said it is sad when children are not allowed to even reach the age where they can stand on their own.

“We don’t want persons to take it flippantly and just forget. We have to keep it in mind and we have to know that we are the ones to protect them, we are the ones to love them; we cannot wait for Government, we can’t wait for somebody else to do it,” Williams said.

Williams called for the establishment of support groups for parents.

“One of my concerns when I see these things is that there is a lack of parenting, and it means that many of us do not know how to parent children and the support system needs to be there,” Williams said.

“We cannot just look to the Government to do that because that is a very huge job,” she said.

Williams said the support groups would help parents relieve stress and frustration and not take it out on their children.

“One of the things that I am going to be starting is a parenting support group. So that parent knows that someone is there for them and they do not have to feel alone,” she said.

Williams said the Government and non-governmental organisations would all have to work togeth­er to get this initiative off the ground and into com­munities.

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