On January 29th, 2021, 23-year-old Andrea Bharatt entered a taxi after her day of work at the magistrate’s court in hopes of reaching home safely. When she was late, her father’s calls to her phone confirmed the worst possibility had become a reality: she was kidnapped. A week later, her body was found in an advanced state of decomposition down a precipice in Aripo. In fate, she was not alone. Andrea’s horrors have been shared by far too many girls and women in Trinidad and Tobago. In 2020 alone, 416 women and girls went missing, and 45 women were murdered.
On February 6th, 2021, a group of passionate, focused, and strategic women held an e-meeting with the following three objectives:
This group and their movement are called “Do BeTTer” — a name that is a call-to-action with this document serving as an answer to the next obvious question: “How?”
As such, this working document is structured with the various potential questioners in mind, understanding that in the face of such horrors, not knowing how exactly you can help, and how much of a difference it could make, may evoke feelings of hopelessness and uselessness. The reality is that every single person has a part to play in the beTTerment of the protection of women. The more of us who take up the mantle, the more effective and widespread this drive can become.
Do BeTTer is, in essence, a Solutions Hub. Our watchwords — informative, practical, actionable — will be the anchor for every suggested solution contained herein. We ask that you spread this document far and wide, take the ideas wholesale or improve upon them, and get them into the hands of those who have power/ influence over our country.