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MEDIA RELEASESenator the Honourable Donna Cox: At the heart of the matter is the heart of man On behalf of the Ministry ...
05/02/2021

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Senator the Honourable Donna Cox: At the heart of the matter is the heart of man

On behalf of the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services, I would like to extend condolences to the family, relatives and friends of Andrea Bharatt and give the assurance that the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services, will make available all resources that are at its disposal to ameliorate the circumstances of this tragedy. No parent, no relative, no one should have to endure such a tragedy with respect to their loved ones. We must continue to pray for the family, loved ones and for all others, who fall victim to criminal elements.

There are no sufficient words to express the horror, the pain and the hurt that I feel too, as a woman, a daughter, and a citizen of this great Republic. From all indications, Andrea was not provocatively dressed, she was not alone in a strange area, and she did not utilize an illegal taxi service. In short, none of the usually inane and wholly inappropriate victim blaming justifications can be utilised for her tragedy. The harsh truth is that Andrea was murdered by a person or persons with a sick mind and twisted perceptions about power and female dominance.

A life lost so young and innocently, leaves so many questions and thoughts of what could have been done to save Andrea from such an ordeal. The time has come, indeed, it has long gone, for us as a society to own up to the fact that there are huge deficiencies in the socialization of our males. It takes guts for us to hold up the mirror to them for an acknowledgement that they have not been the best partner, father, son, brother or friend that they could have been. It will take a lot for us and from us, to redefine ourselves and discard the idea of manhood that requires them to have to always compete, win, dominate and control, in order to feel like a “real man.” There is no short cut to this solution, but the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services stands ready to do its part, and calls on all citizens to accept their responsibility for so doing as well.

There are legislative interventions, which would assist the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service tremendously in the fight against crime and as such, I would like to encourage my colleagues on the Opposition bench to put aside any narrow parochial interests at this time and put country first.
There can be no divide, when the lives of our daughters continue to be snuffed out by those with no respect for human life. As the collective grief of this country still weighs heavily in the atmosphere, I urge all of us - legislators and private citizens, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and the Judiciary, as well as, the wider citizenry to join hands and hearts in this battle.
The Ministry will provide support to all affected, to assist in coping with this unfortunate circumstance. In these challenging times, let us remember to be each other’s keeper and to be aware of our environment and any strange happenings, which we may observe, and alert the authorities accordingly.

The Book of Jeremiah tells us that the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked and questions, who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:19 KJV). We must be reminded, however, that it is only God who can change our hearts because I firmly believe that at the heart of the matter is the heart of man.

The National Family Services Division continues to host free sensitization workshops to address issues such as proper parenting, coping with stress, and issues related to domestic violence and as such, I urge the public, if you or anyone you know, may be in need of its services, to contact the Ministry at 623-2608; Exts. 6701 – 7.

Senator the Honourable Donna Cox,
Minister of Social Development and Family Services

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#HappeningNow Stakeholder Engagement: Public Information, Education and Sensitization (PIES) has resumed at the La Brea ...
05/02/2021

#HappeningNow Stakeholder Engagement: Public Information, Education and Sensitization (PIES) has resumed at the La Brea Constituency Sub-office, Rancho Quemano

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04/02/2021

The National Family Services Division of the #MSDFS urges men to seek help and stop hurting our women

It has been quite evident in the media recently that issues such as violence against women and girls seem to be topical in our society today. With the increase in awareness as it relates to gender based violence and the rise in Women’s Rights groups, one would think that the statistics would be on the decline. However, given our local scenario, we are witnessing the opposite.

Outside of domestic situations, what we have also seen occurring in society lately is general acts of violence against women and girls by men unknown to them. In some instances, taking them against their will, abusing them and in some instances even proceeding to rape and murder these females. What the NFSD has explained is that in these cases, it is a clear indication that there is a breakdown in the value system whereby respect for women has been lost by these offenders.

The NFSD reminds the public of its continued efforts to support and maintain the development of the family as the first and most important starting point for a better society. We invite and encourage persons in need of the services provided by the National Family Services Division to please call 623-2608; Ext. 6701 – 6708.

Ministers commemorate Singing Sandra at farewell ceremony
04/02/2021
Ministers commemorate Singing Sandra at farewell ceremony

Ministers commemorate Singing Sandra at farewell ceremony

Minister of Social Development and Family Services, Donna Cox, has paid her respects to Singing Sandra, born Sandra Des Vignes-Millington, at a cultural farewell ceremony

The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services today joins with the United Nations to commemorate the first ackn...
04/02/2021

The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services today joins with the United Nations to commemorate the first acknowledgement of the International Day of Human Fraternity and celebrate its role in generating peace, tolerance, understanding and solidarity throughout societies. Such qualities have been deemed as vital in the restructuring of our livelihoods and daily interactions, as the world continues to adjust to the new normal.

In the context of a multi-ethnic society such as Trinidad and Tobago’s, International Day of Human Fraternity is not only an opportunity to celebrate our diversity but to also recognise the underlying strength of our differences; a feature which has long distinguished our nation internationally.
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Minister of Social Development and Family Services pays respect to Singing SandraPort-of-Spain --- Minister of Social De...
03/02/2021

Minister of Social Development and Family Services pays respect to Singing Sandra

Port-of-Spain --- Minister of Social Development and Family Services, Senator the Honourable Donna Cox paid her respects to Ms. Sandra Des Vignes-Millington, also known as Singing Sandra, at a cultural farewell ceremony in Queens Hall earlier today. Also in attendance were Senator the Honourable Randall Mitchell, Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, Senator the Honourable Fitzgerald Hinds, Minister of Youth Development and National Service and the Member of Parliament for Laventille West, Mr. Winston ‘Gypsy’ Peters, Chairman of National Carnival Commission and Mr. Ancil Roget, the President of the Oilfield Workers Trade Union. Numerous calypsonians such as Sugar Aloes, Chalk Dust and Super Blue paid tribute to the cultural icon.
As the former Member of Parliament for Laventille East, Minister Cox found it important to pay tribute to an icon who spent most of her career defending the rights and dignity of the most vulnerable, particularly within the community of Laventille and immediate environs. Specifically, Minister Cox also referred to the loss of a powerful, eloquent and encouraging voice on the rights of women.
Singing Sandra was born in 1957. She was an accomplished Calypsonian, often regarded as the mother of calypso. She began her calypso career since 1980. Since that time, she had been performing and promoting calypso locally, regionally and internationally. She received many awards for her contribution to the calypso art form. She was a two-time Calypso Monarch whose lyrics of choice did not only serve to entertain but rather to educate the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago in general. Minister Cox expressed that Singing Sandra’s calypso lyrics were very critical pertaining to the social issues in Trinidad and Tobago, particularly poverty. In her award winning calypso, “Voices from the Ghetto”, she primarily focused on the hardships that come with growing up in a vulnerable community. As one of the pioneers in the Calypso industry, Singing Sandra was able to empower the lives of many citizens, especially women and low-income families.

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The National Centre for Persons with Disabilities (NCDP) is inviting suitably qualified nationals of Trinidad and Tobago...
02/02/2021

The National Centre for Persons with Disabilities (NCDP) is inviting suitably qualified nationals of Trinidad and Tobago to fill the vacant position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on contract.

#TipOfTheDayTuesday When interacting with a person with a disability, approach them as you would with anyone else; speak...
02/02/2021

#TipOfTheDayTuesday When interacting with a person with a disability, approach them as you would with anyone else; speak directly to the person, not their caregiver, interpreter, companion or spouse.

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MEDIA RELEASEMinistry of Social Development and Family Services partners with Miss World Trinidad and Tobago Pageant 202...
01/02/2021

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Ministry of Social Development and Family Services partners with Miss World Trinidad and Tobago Pageant 2021

Port-of-Spain --- In recognition of the strategic role that healthy families and communities have to play in building the resilience of our nation, the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services was pleased to lend its support for the Beauty with a Purpose segment of the recently concluded top model search for the 2021 Edition of Miss World Trinidad and Tobago Competition. The theme for the competition was “Young Women Changing the Lives of the Less Fortunate and Creating Positive Social Change in the World.” The event highlighted fourteen (14) captivating and riveting short films of the charity projects by the Miss World Trinidad and Tobago Delegates for 2021. Senator the Honourable Donna Cox, Minister of Social Development and Family Services was asked to serve among the panel of Adjudicators for the Beauty with a Purpose segment.

The Ministry was also able to donate the plaques and awards to all finalists and in addition proposed to fund a scholarship, via collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago Association for the Hearing Impaired (TTAHI), to conduct a free Sign Language Course to interested delegates.

The charitable projects shown were consistent with the mandate of helping, empowering and transforming the lives of the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, specifically vulnerable families. Ms. Manisha Moonilal, Miss Marabella was the first to shine in the Miss World competition, she was declared winner of the Beauty with a Purpose segment. Ms. Moonilal’s project was centred around sustainability, teaching young children how to grow their own crops, in an effort to reduce the likelihood of food scarcity, and to lower food expenses. With the help of sponsors, she was able to distribute food and provide a space for online schooling. This not only impressed the judges but also brought immense hope to the lives of others in rural villages.

Minister Cox expressed that she was happy to partner with Miss World Trinidad and Tobago. She highlighted “The charitable projects shown in the Beauty With a Purpose segment were aligned well with the Ministry’s mandate. I am always elated to hear of anyone trying to help and uplift the vulnerable families in Trinidad and Tobago, such as the elderly, socially displaced, and persons with disabilities.” She further commended the Miss World Trinidad and Tobago team for their benevolent approach towards the Miss World Competition.

The Ministry stays committed to providing support to initiatives that meet its mandate of helping, empowering, and transforming lives.

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#HappeningNow Senator the Honourable Donna Cox, Minister of Social Development and Family Services attends the Finale Sh...
31/01/2021

#HappeningNow Senator the Honourable Donna Cox, Minister of Social Development and Family Services attends the Finale Show of Miss World Trinidad and Tobago 2021 at the Southern Academy of Performing Arts. Following the Beauty With a Purpose and Top Model segments earlier this month, the winner will be crowned tonight.

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In order to protect our nation's children, we must be aware of these online challenges which may be dangerous.
30/01/2021

In order to protect our nation's children, we must be aware of these online challenges which may be dangerous.

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30/01/2021

In August 2020, Senator the Honourable Donna Cox was appointed to serve as Minister of Social Development and Family Services (#MSDFS), with a mandate to “leave no one behind”. There is no doubt that the Ministry has made significant strides in the 100 days under Minister Cox’s stewardship.

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#FamilyFridays - Men need help tooWith the reported spike in Domestic Violence cases in the country recently, it was fit...
29/01/2021

#FamilyFridays - Men need help too

With the reported spike in Domestic Violence cases in the country recently, it was fitting that the government of Trinidad and Tobago debated amendments to strengthen the legislation and increase protections for those who are victims.

The Act describes “Domestic Violence” as physical, sexual, emotional/psychological or financial abuse committed by a person against a spouse, child or any other person who is a member of the household or dependant; DV Act 2000.

The Act appreciates that both women and men can be victims of domestic violence.

Whereas the government has sought to broaden protections and strengthen penalties for persons in domestic violence situations, it is still seen as a problem primarily related to women. However, we must note that some men experience same and are being urged to seek assistance.

Important to note:

• Reporting and proper recording would allow for accurate statistics to be captured. It will aid in understanding the situation and will also assist the authorities in devising solutions and provide care when it is needed.

• Everyone needs to understand that males being abused is a real problem. It is a patriarchal view of the world that does not accommodate men as victims of their spouses.

• Men who do not reciprocate violence with violence are not weak.

• Abuse is not only physical. However, when men report abuse, it is usually physical.

• The government has commissioned one shelter for male victims of domestic violence. While this is laudable, this is symptomatic of our lack of understanding of the scope of the issue.

• Domestic violence is not just spousal abuse. Violence in the domestic setting can happen to children, the elderly, women and men.

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In August 2020, Senator the Honourable Donna Cox was appointed to serve as Minister of Social Development and Family Ser...
29/01/2021

In August 2020, Senator the Honourable Donna Cox was appointed to serve as Minister of Social Development and Family Services (MSDFS), with a mandate to “leave no one behind”.

There is no doubt that the Ministry has made significant strides in the 100 days under Minister Cox’s stewardship.

Senator the Honourable Donna Cox, Minister of Social Development and Family Services visited the COVID-19 Shelter for St...
29/01/2021

Senator the Honourable Donna Cox, Minister of Social Development and Family Services visited the COVID-19 Shelter for Street Dwellers earlier today.

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In August 2020, Senator the Honourable Donna Cox was appointed to serve as Minister of Social Development and Family Ser...
29/01/2021
Minister Cox 100 Days in Office

In August 2020, Senator the Honourable Donna Cox was appointed to serve as Minister of Social Development and Family Services (#MSDFS), with a mandate to “leave no one behind”. There is no doubt that the Ministry has made significant strides in the 100 days under Minister Cox’s stewardship.

#helpingempoweringtransforminglives

Click below to see video ⬇️

In August 2020, Senator the Honourable Donna Cox was appointed to serve as Minister of Social Development and Family Services (MSDFS), with a mandate to “lea...

28/01/2021
Children's Authority of Trinidad and Tobago

Click below to view a discussion on parental conflict and its impact on children's well-being. Ms. Anuola Olubode, Social Worker at the National Family Services Division, #MSDFS highlights the available services catered for families who may be battling conflict.

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LIVE DISCUSSION - Joining us today are Anuola Cox-Olubode - Family Services Social Worker of the National Family Services Division, Vandana Siew Sankar-Ali – Clinical Psychologist and Assessment Manager at the Children's Authority, Dr. Oscar Ocho, Director of the School of the Nursing, University of the West Indies and Shemelle Paradice, Senior Communications Associate at the Children’s Authority.
We're discussing Parental Conflict and its impact on Children’s Wellbeing.

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As the core social sector Ministry responsible for coordinating the implementation of Government’s social and human development objectives, the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services places great emphasis on developing and executing programmes and services that protect and assist vulnerable and marginalized groups in society such as persons with disabilities, the poor/indigent, the socially displaced, ex-prisoners, deportees and persons living with HIV/AIDS. The Ministry is the engine that drives the development, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of social sector programmes to ensure sustainability, cultural reference and economic viability.

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