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Xtra Foods at Endeavour, Chaguanas, remained closed yesterday.

Heads of business organisations in Central said they are happy with the number of businesses which remained closed yesterday in support of calls to end violence against women.

President of the Greater Chaguanas Chamber of Industry and Commerce Vishnu Charran, said Charran’s Plaza, along with Adams Plaza and several other mid-sized businesses along the Chaguanas Main Road and Xtra Foods, which has two branches in the Central borough closed for the day.

He said the purpose was to send a signal to Government that enough was enough when it came to violence against women.

Charran said many businessmen have suffered at the hands of criminals in one way or the other.

He said women are an essential part of the backbone of the economy and the workforce for many small and medium sized operations.

Chaguanas businessman Rajiv Dipnarinesingh, who operates Busy Corner Mall, said the “ball is in now in the court of the politicians.”

Dipnarinesingh said, “It is a good initiative but at the end of the day both the Government and Opposition have to work on the necessary laws to keep criminals at bay.

At the end of the day all the silent protest is commendable, if the parliamentarian does not support the necessary legislation all the efforts of the thousands calling for change would be for nothing,” he said.

President of the Couva Chamber Ramchand Rajbal Maraj said he was pleased that businesses decided to support the cause.

Maraj said, “Some of the businesses that opened allowed the women working for them to stay away for the day as a sign of protest. Business in Couva has been hit hard by COVID-19, many have folded and some work with reduced hours. Its a struggle for many to stay afloat , yet they have risen to the cause. Enough is enough when it comes to violence against women. Many women are the bread-winners in many households seeing that their husbands have lost their jobs. Many are single parents, women must feel safe to come out and work, not having to live with a constant shadow over them that brings fear.”