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Sixteen Day Domestic Violence Campaign Closes With “Velvet Fist”

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Domestic violence will once more be highlighted through the performing arts as the sixteen days of activism against gender violence campaign comes to an end. A production titled “velvet fist” will be done at the Theatre Guild this evening followed by a one hour panel discussion on the issues arising from the play.

Velvet Fist is a collaborative performance based on the way in which men and women cause injustice and violence against each other. The show will feature some fifty actors and actresses.

Coordinator, Dr. Paloma Mohamed said the production is not about blaming men who are the main perpetrators of such acts but highlighting the issues faced by society in dealing with gender based violence.

Dr. Mohamed is of the opinion that some persons don’t understand the many effects domestic violence could have on an individual, which in some cases goes beyond the physical scars.

Dr. Mohamed noted that society should speak out and help those who are being affected by domestic violence without putting themselves in danger since everyone has a part to play in addressing the social ill.

The production is a collaborative effort between the Theatre Guild of Guyana, The Domestic Violence Unit of the Ministry of Human Services, the University of Guyana and Red Thread. The show is expected to start at 7pm and admission is free.

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