Men urged to join fight against gender-based violence
Minister of Gender, Olivia Grange, is urging men to join the fight to eliminate violence against women.
She made the call in her message for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, being observed today.
Grange says for too many years women’s issues and gender violence have been presented as a woman’s fight.
However, she says that’s a huge misrepresentation and part of the reason there hasn’t been more progress in eliminating violence against women and girls.
According to Grange violence against women and girls is a human problem.
She says the magnitude of on-going violence against women and children in Jamaica is cause for alarm.
She notes that police statistics for the year 2014 show that there were 2,199 reported cases of sexual violence against women and girls and she argues that many remain unreported.
Grange has given the Government’s commitment to help in the fight to eliminate gender-based violence.
The says the National Strategic Action Plan on Gender-based Violence is ready for submission to Cabinet before the end of the year.
In addition, the Joint Select Committee of Parliament which will examine the Sexual Offences Act and related legislation will be announced in Parliament next month.
Grange says the Sexual Harassment Bill is also ready for Cabinet review.