Jamaica in int’l activism to end gender-based violence

Jamaica joins the rest of the international community in observing 16 Days of Activism from November 25 to December 10, to end violence against women, the Jamaican Government’s website reports. Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, said that throughout the period, her Ministry will be intensifying public awareness and education on the matter to the general public. “We are going to ensure that we empower women to know their rights, and to seek out help,” she stated.

She was speaking at a forum held last week Thursday (November 25) at the St. Andrew Parish Church Hall in observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which also marked the start of the 16 Days of Activism. December 10 is celebrated as International Human Rights Day.

Miss Grange said that the Government of Jamaica recognizes that violence against women is an ongoing concern and has been working to eliminate the scourge through policy development and implementation, ongoing collection of sex disaggregating data, program development and public education and training.

In addition the Ministry, through the Bureau of Women’s Affairs, has been involved in sustained action, including legal reform, aimed at eliminating such violence. She also noted that through the work of the Bureau, government workers, such as immigration officers, police officers and members of the justice system have received training and information on matters such as the trafficking of persons and sexual harassment.

Miss Grange said that the Government is well aware that culture and behavior change cannot be achieved without the full integration of the nation’s males, and as such, will be involving men and boys in the design, implementation and delivery of gender sensitive programs.

Since the start of the year, the Bureau, in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund, has been partnering with men and boys in communities across Jamaica, resulting in the formation of the two groups, which were officially launched on Thursday. They are the Male Action Groups in Community and the Male Mentorship Program in Schools, which aims to get men actively involved in the elimination of gender-based violence.

The forum organized by the Bureau of Women’s Affairs, was held under the theme: ‘Changing Culture to End Violence Against Women.’

This year’s observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is considered to be of special significance as it serves the dual role of highlighting the achievements of women through the observance of Inter-American Year of Women, which was inaugurated by the Organization of American States, under the theme: ‘Women and Power: Towards a World Equality’.

For the original report go to http://www.jis.gov.jm/MYSC/html/20101129T120000-0500_26137_JIS_JAMAICA_IN_INT_L_ACTIVISM_TO_END_GENDER_BASED_VIOLENCE.asp

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2 thoughts on “Jamaica in int’l activism to end gender-based violence

  1. Hope my mail finds you well.
    First and foremost, allow me to commend you for the great job you are doing in addressing violence issues through arts. Violence is one of the major hindrances towards attainment of peace and freedom in any society; it halts all developmental initiatives and rob our societies from benefiting from each individual’s ability and capabilities.
    I am involved in similar work here in Swaziland where drama is used for community sensitization or education on topical issues. When browsing through the internet I came across your page where I am looking for possible support, partnerships or collaboration to implement the “Artists United Against Violence” concept in Swaziland.
    This is driven by seeing the huge following artists can attract yet their voices are under utilized in driving trans-formative messages through different arts genres, hence we see some artists come up with productions that perpetuate imbalance and some how harmful practices
    Thus Am sending this as an introductory later to kick-start communication between us and see how best we can share/network/collaborate using your experience

    I thank you and look forward to hearing from you; for more information you can see the link to our page on signature below

    I thank you

    Andrew Moyo
    Skype: andymas67

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