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Grange urges gov't to adopt UN declaration on women's rights

Published:Sunday | March 8, 2015 | 3:44 PM

The Opposition spokesperson on gender affairs, Olivia Grange, is calling for the Jamaican government to accept the declaration by the United Nations that recognises women’s achievements, challenges and focus on their rights.

Grange says the government must seek to achieve equal rights to economic success for our women; equal access to education and training; increased access to appropriate, affordable and quality health care; and Implement measures to prevent and eliminate violence against women.

The Opposition spokeswoman says she is deeply concerned about the recent murders of women and young girls.

She says the barbarity of these acts suggest severe misogyny, in which women are sometimes labelled inappropriately, for simply trying to survive in a very unbalanced and competitive world.

Grange argues further that this has led many young women to become so self-conscious of their feminine characteristics, that it robs them of their true femininity and belittles the work they do.