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Statement – Re: Passing of Johnathan Smith

The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) would like to extend our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the Smith family on the passing of their beloved son, Johnathan Smith. There are no words or emotion that fully conveys the sadness and grief we share over the loss of someone whom we treasured as a loyal ally, fervent supporter and amazing friend.   Photo: Johnathan Smith We first met Johnathan two years ago when he approached us to contribute one of his…

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MEDIA RELEASE – A Sexual Culture of Justice Project

The UWI and Civil Society organisations build “A Sexual Culture of Justice” through transformative approaches to partner violence, homophobia, bullying and policing The University of the West indies (The UWI) and its partner organisations have been awarded a Human Rights Grant from the European Union to carry out a project entitled, “A Sexual Culture of Justice: Strengthening LGBTQI & GBV Partnerships, Capacity & Efficacy to Promote & Protect Rights in Trinidad & Tobago”. This project is a new community-university collaboration…

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Finding an Equal Place – Model United Nations 2017

One of the flagship projects of the Rotary Club of Central Port of Spain (RCCPOS) is the annual hosting of the Model United Nations (MUN). This year, the 20th installment of the MUN was held on March 18-19 2017 at the Hilton Trinidad Hotel and was attended by 120 students from  Trinidad, Tobago, Suriname, St Lucia, Guyana and Barbados. The mission of the MUN is to foster a constructive forum for young people to have open dialogue on complex global…

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Celebrating The Silver Lining Foundation’s 5th Anniversary

5 Years of Support, Education and Advocacy   Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Silver Lining Foundation (SLF). It’s hard for any of us to imagine that five years later we would be sitting here on this milestone that is our fifth year anniversary. But deeply motivated by a burning desire to seek social justice and impact change in the lives of kids who continue to be bullied by their peers on the sole basis off their sexuality, and…

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Statement: Re- Zidane Malone & Mazza Baptiste

The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) extends its deepest sympathies to the families of 14-year-old Zidane Malone, who sadly took his life on October 28th, 2016, and 13-year-old Mazza Baptiste, who tragically ended her life on October 30th, 2016. Zidane was a student of the Five Rivers Secondary School while Mazza was a student of the Cowen Hamilton Secondary School. They both had bright futures ahead of them and we now grieve the loss of these young, gifted souls with their…

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Statement – Faith Gajadhar’s Passing

LA BREA – The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) extends its deepest condolences to the family of 16-year-old Faith Gajadhar, who tragically ended her life on September 7th, 2016. Faith, a student of St Francois Girl’s College, had a bright and promising future ahead of her. This light has now been snuffed out and we grieve this loss with her peers, friends and her family.   The SLF is founded on the principle that young people can mobilize other youths to…

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Rationalizing the Age of Consent

Civil Society Statement on Rationalizing the Age of Consent Corrective Legislation and Other Measures A grouping of organizations and individuals has been working around the issue of the age of consent. Given here is an abridged version of the document submitted to Government, agreed upon by the signatories listed below. The full document may be accessed at: www.winad.org/resources, www.networkngott.com and www.silverliningtt.com. The legal age of sexual consent to penetrative sex in Trinidad and Tobago was raised from 16 to 18…

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SLF: Child Marriages Infringes on the Rights of the Child

CHARLIEVILLE: The Inter Religious Organisation (IRO) has stated that it is opposed to changing the law as it pertains to child marriages in Trinidad and Tobago. Recent statements by representatives of the organization suggests they unanimously support this position and believe that child marriages are a form of protection and a tool of social utility. The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) is dedicated to promoting the rights of the child, particularly supporting and advocating for youth who are marginalised. As such,…

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Statement on situation at Naparima College

The Silver Lining Foundation notes with concern and shock a recording purporting to be a teacher addressing students at Naparima College, San Fernando. School should be a place where a student is free to grow and learn in a safe, caring environment. That safety should apply to all students regardless of their sexuality or religious beliefs. We are thus appalled at the blatant disregard for student welfare and disrespect for the noble profession of teaching that may have occurred in…

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SLF Condemns the Use of Homophobic Language/Bullying

SLF Condemns the Use of Homophobic Language/Bullying by Elected Representatives and Public Officials. The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) is once again calling on all elected representatives and public officials to conduct themselves in a manner that is befitting of their office, to the benefit of all citizens of our nation. The use of language that is crude, offensive and inflammatory which discriminates or persecutes persons or groups in society, has no place inside the walls of our country’s Parliament or…

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