Families, communities key to youth violence prevention – CARICOM SG

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I am of the firm view, however, that notwithstanding the value of the projects and programmes that are put in place, the core of this battle must be fought in the home.  Families have a vital role to play in turning the tide of this struggle.  The universal values of love, hard work, honesty, character building, belief in self and self-respect are key weapons.

The first intervention must be in the home.  It is there that our youths are first socialised. It is there that we must tackle the concept of toxic masculinity which comes out of a false notion of what it takes to be a man. (Too many of us think that it is not manly to cry for example.)

It is in our streets, in our communities, in our towns and villages that we must focus on the development of social resilience skills.

We must demonstrate that gangs, crime and violence are not the answer to a path of success and self-actualization.

Fora such as these provide an opportunity for our youth to be fully involved in providing solutions to problems that affect them.  The engagement of youth at all levels of the decision-making process is critical for the successful outcome of all these interventions.

CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque addressing the Opening Ceremony of the Inaugural Caribbean Summit on Youth Violence Prevention, at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana, Tuesday 15 January 2019.

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