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OWTU president general Ancil Roget lead members during they union’s candle light vigil outside the Union's Head office at Paramount building in San Fernando on Wednesday.

The trade union movement has joined the nationwide call for an end to violence against women.

Speaking at a candlelight vigil and prayer service at the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU) headquarters in San Fernando on Wednesday night, Ozzi Warwick, chief education and research officer, said similar vigils were held at trade union offices throughout the country.

“It is very important that we send a clear message that we stand against violence against women and girls and tonight I see comrades who came out in their numbers, a powerful response to the call of the union.”

They also honoured the memory of the women and girls who were killed during the last 13 months.

Warwick said, “We would just like to have a short minute of silence in recognition to the women and girls who would have lost their lives brutally, taken away from us. Our grandmothers, our mothers, our aunts, our sisters, our nieces.”

President General Ancel Roget was also at the vigil but he did not address the gathering.

The kidnapping and murder of 23-year-old Andrea Bharatt sparked nationwide candlelight vigils and demonstrations calling for an end to the violence meted out to women and children.

The government is also under pressure to clamp down on PH taxis.