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PM calls for end to discrimination, violence against women, girls

Published:Sunday | March 8, 2015 | 12:58 PM

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is urging Jamaicans to end all forms of discrimination and violence against women and girls.

Her call comes as the world celebrates International Women’s Day today under the theme: “Empower Women, Empower Humanity: Picture it!”

According to Simpson Miller, Jamaica has made considerable progress towards empowering women through improved access to quality education and training and improved participation in high-level decision-making.

She says there has also been progress in facilitating the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises, expanding health care and services for women and girls and through poverty reduction programmes, among many other initiatives.

The prime minister also pointed to Jamaica’s ranking in a recent International Labour Organization Survey which found that island has the greatest proportion of women managers and business leaders.