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Women laud Novelette Grant

Published:Tuesday | April 18, 2017 | 4:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

This is an open letter to former acting Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant.

The members of the 51% Coalition: Women in Partnership for Development and Empowerment would like to thank you, once again, for your sterling service to Jamaica in the role of acting commissioner of police.

We wish to express our deep appreciation to you for continuing to play a vanguard role in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). You have done this by modelling your strong leadership skills and other abilities, both as deputy commissioner and also as a candidate for the top JCF post during your 90 days as acting police commissioner. As a woman who is one of the highest-ranking officers in a traditional male-dominated organisation, the JCF, yours is without a doubt a monumental achievement, and we hold you in the highest regard.

As you may be aware, the 51% Coalition is an alliance of women, women's organisations and partners. We are dedicated to the full participation of women in all spheres of power and decision-making, whether in the public or the private sector. We believe this is necessary in order that Jamaica may have her best chance of achieving an inclusive and transformed society based on equality and equity between women, girls, boys and men.

 

SUPPORTIVE STANCE

 

We are deeply encouraged by your work on gender-based violence in communities and with members of the JCF, as well as your contribution to the public debates on this subject. Your supportive stance in encouraging survivors of sexual violence to seek justice, by taking advantage of the absence of time limitations for the reporting of such crimes, has brought much hope to many.

We look forward to continued collaboration with you especially in this regard, and we wish you every success in your continued service to the people of Jamaica.

Jamaica Household

Workers' Union

Women's Resource and

Outreach Centre

WMW Jamaica

Jamaica Network of Rural

Women Producers

Institute of Gender and

Development Studies

SISTREN Theatre

Collective, et al