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Jamaica commended for women empowerment programmes

Published:Saturday | December 17, 2016 | 5:10 PM
Outgoing United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS for the Caribbean, Dr Edward Greene.


The Outgoing United Nations (UN) Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean, Dr Edward Greene, has commended Jamaica for implementing programmes aimed at empowering women.    

He cited, among them, the ‘He-for-She’ campaign, which engages boys and men in enhancing the health and well-being of women and girls.

Prime Minister, Andrew Holness and sports icon Usain Bolt are active patrons of the campaign.

‘He-for-She’ is  a sub-programme of the ‘Every Caribbean Woman, Every Caribbean Child’ initiative.

This is a spin-off of the UN Secretary-General’s flagship programme ‘Every Woman, Every Child’ which was implemented in response to the need for the organisation to undertake more initiatives to increase the health and welfare of women and girls and also empower women to take control of their sexuality.     

Greene, who was speaking in an interview with JIS News, said he is pleased that ‘Every Caribbean Woman, Every Caribbean Child’ is being championed by the spouses of the prime ministers in the region.

“They are championing the cause and it is good that they are doing it because in their countries they have the stature to be good spokespersons. 

UNAIDS, the UN system and in particular, the Secretary-General are in favour of it,” he noted.

He said the programme recognises that men are not only to be seen as part of the problem but also as part of the solution and therefore must be engaged.

He said it is his hope that the media will take the programme on board especially given the rising levels of violence against women and girls.