A female martial artist suspects Guyana has at least 2,000 cases of child or domestic abuse every month which unfortunately stays silent…

Bonita Montaque is originally from Guyana, she lived in New York until concerns grew over reported cases of child abuse in her homeland. She spoke in an exclusive interview with at the just concluded Pan Caribbean Martial Arts Tournament at the Wildey Gymnasium.

Ms Montaque is the first female Guyanese to be inducted into the Hall-of-Fame, in the category of Woman of Honor.

She was recognised at the Golden Sands Hotel in Maxwell for the CMAA (Caribbean Martial Arts Alliance) / WKU (World Karate Union) Pan-American International Martial Arts Games & Hall-Of-Fame Awards/ banquet.

The advocate for domestic violence, suicide, bullying and child abuse, has been involved in Martial Arts for almost four decades.

She explained to how close to 20 Guyanese women have suffered violent deaths due to domestic disputes gone wring, as for children’s cases when the documented incidents are combined with unmentioned situations then the monthly record could easily reach 3,000 situations;

Bonita sees Martial Arts not only as a means of allowing a channelled outlet for aggression those oppressed may feel, but also to harness energy where an argument could end badly instead is made peaceful by using alternative conflict resolution which most disciplines of the martial arts try to achieve; –

Ms Montaque helped to create the United Bridge Builders Mission Inc. (UBBM) which embarked on the first family setting unit for victims of Domestic Violence to find a safe home with rehabilitation services for both children & adults.

Many such afflicted women in Guyana are petrified to leave their dangerous partners in part sue to poverty. UBBM is hoping to develop a resource center would as an escape route making females fully functional, independent and productive in society.

She told some of the fundraisers held and ones to come in the New Year; –

The Pan Caribbean Martial Arts Tournament was a 3-day seminar which also featured competitions and augmented the prestigious awards banquet. Next year, the organisers are looking to invite Michael Jai White as a celebrity judge, they also want to partner with diplomatic missions to work with at-risk schools across Barbados…

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