Despite a decline in the number of homeless people, socially displaced persons are refusing rehabilitation services that are given to them after they obtain Grants from the authorities.
Campaign Financing costs continue to rise.
Port of Spain: The Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister (Gender and Child Affairs) has noted with concern the statements that are being attributed to the President of the Inter-Religious Organisation and the Secretary General of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha, on child marriage as recently reported by the media. Both parties have reportedly stated that the State should not interfere with the law as it relates to the minimum age for marriage.
Roman Catholic Archbishop Joseph Harris says forcing a 12 or 13 year old girl into marriage is "legalised statutory rape."
The YWCA recognizes that child, early and forced marriage is a human rights issue that affect the rights of women and girls. It is a form of gender based violence, specifically sexual violence, perpetrated on young girls who have not yet achieve sexual maturity and are below the legal age of consent for all other transactions. In fact, according to the definition used by UNICEF, they are still children