27th January 2024
Trinidad and Tobago Guardian Newspaper
4% of women in T&T physically attacked during robberies
New CSO App reveals statistics on issues in country
Statistics show that four per cent of women within the 15 to 49 age bracket have experienced physical violence during robberies and assaults in this country. This information is among statistics the population can now access on a wide range of topics that affect women and children via a free app on their cellphones.
The Central Statistical Office (CSO), with the support of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), launched a website (https://datanett.info/) and an App that shows the final Survey Findings Report of the 2022 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 6 (MICS) at the Radisson Hotel, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
The survey was conducted between August 1 to December 18, 2022. A representative sample of approximately 9,000 households was targeted using Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing technology for real-time collection of data.
The CSO said the household response rate was 91.8 per cent (8,962 participants), with the largest proportion of the population between the 35-39 year age group for both sexes.
Minister of Planning and Development Pennelope Beckles-Robinson said the purpose of the surveys was to provide insights on key indicators to enable countries to generate evidence-based data for use in national policies and programmes.
“In the case of Trinidad and Tobago, it will assist us in keeping track of our National Development Strategy Vision 2030 and its alignment with our sustainable development goals, by helping to drive the common universal principle of leaving no one behind,” she explained.
Director of Statistics Andre Blanchard said the CSO has been making a lot of progress, and launching the app was a success story, as it will help inform decision-making when it comes to two key groups in the country.
“Data on the status of women and children will allow the government to determine what sort of social interventions are required … it shows where Government needs to intervene and allocate resources to meet the needs of citizens,” he said.
He said while the report is a large one, some areas showed a clear need for improvement, such as the complete vaccination rate between children ages two and three, which was 55 per cent.
On the website, under the tab dashboard, there are several topics, such as protection, which show the impact crime and violence have on women and children. It showed 33 per cent of women between the ages of 15-49 feel unsafe walking in their community after dark in both urban and rural communities.
Statistics also showed that 4 per cent of women aged 15-49 years experienced physical violence, including robbery and assault.
Under the topic of drinking water, more than 99 per cent of women and children in urban and rural communities have access to basic or improved drinking water.
Other indicators include child mortality, reproductive health, child health, early childhood education and child functioning.
Meanwhile, Minister Beckles-Robinson said the household budget survey and the survey of living conditions, which began January 2023, are scheduled to conclude by March 2024.