Jamaica continues to promote gender mainstreaming – Grange
Just installed Minister of Gender Affairs, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, says Jamaica continues to promote gender mainstreaming in the public sector and the society at large towards the goal of gender equality.
In her message to mark today’s observation of International Women’s Day, Grange says the Bureau of Women’s Affairs, through its gender mainstreaming programme, continues to sensitise and train stakeholders to mainstream gender in all national policies, plans, programmes and projects.
She points out that this is designed to enable women and men to benefit equally from the country’s resources.
She says to date 27 Ministries, Departments and Agencies have received the Gender Equality Certification Stamp.
According to her, this signals the government’s commitment to achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment in keeping with the guiding principles of the National Policy for Gender Equality.
Meanwhile, the gender affairs minister has also recognised and paid tribute to the late Lady Bustamante, who she notes is one of the pioneers who led the way in promoting women’s rights and whose birthday is also being commemorated today.
Lady Bustamante was a workers’ and women's rights activist and was the wife of Jamaica's first Prime Minister, Sir Alexander Bustamante.
Grange also acknowledged that four women were appointed to the Cabinet; that the new Attorney General is a woman; and that more women are Members of Parliament.