Men Against Violence Against Women (MAVAW) could be considered to have had a natural
birth, in that it was a man's idea, put forward and accepted at a forum to deal with
rising crime in 1994. This forum was hosted by a feminist organisation called the National
Women's Caucus (NWC). That idea was to have a Crime Committee, made up of concerned men in
society, focussing on violent male behaviour and developing strategies to reduce and
eventually stop this unacceptable violent male behaviour.
After functioning for about nine (9) months within the National Women's Caucus, the Crime
Committee developed into the organisation MEN AGAINST VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN and
thereafter MAVAW became an active participant in the Men's Movement, joining the 50 year
old International Men's Movement and the budding Caribbean movement, which had started in
Jamaica in 1991 with the Father's Incorporated organisation.
MAVAW is a proactive way to take responsibility for Male Violence
and to contribute towards the creation of a violent-free society i.e. :
1. It puts concerned men to work and to identify with problem solving.
2. It allows men trying to change to succeed in their efforts by working to
3. It tries to reach men in denial, who still have live in violent
relationships, by offering them support and a way out
"MAVAWism" therefore, is the pursuit of equal
rights with consequent appreciation for the differences between the sexes, utilising the
principle of equity and with an accent on bringing paternal care back into the home where
it is lacking.
MAVAW's MISSION is to reduce, in the first instance and
eventually eradicate violence against women in society, using a multidisciplinary approach
focussing on correcting behaviour skill and belief system deficits.
MAVAW registered as a Non-Profit Company in the Republic of
Trinidad and Tobago in August 1998 and presently has three (3) Directors :
Chairman Sgt. Christopher
Holder (Police Officer)
Secretary Mr. Donald Berment (Housing Specialist)
Treasurer Mr. Desmond Persad (Accountant)
MAVAW's Fiscal Year runs from July 1st to 30th June.
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