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University professor condemns MP's comments

Published:Monday | July 22, 2013 | 5:23 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

University professor, Verene Shepherd, says a controversial Twitter post by parliamentarian, Dr Dayton Campbell, should trigger renewed efforts to address sexism and gender discrimination in the Jamaican society.

Shortly after a finalist in the Miss Jamaica World pageant was presented with the best shape award last night, the government MP took to the social media website decrying the announcement saying the contestant was shaped like the Jamaican economy.

Professor Shepherd is condemning the comments and says Campbell was following a recent trend of male Jamaican politicians in making sexist remarks against women.

The professor who also heads the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona, says the comments from individuals such as Campbell speak to a lack of awareness in relation to gender issues.

She says the issue also points to failings by the agents of socialisation such as the family and the formal education system.

Professor Shepherd says the Bureau of Women’s Affairs has been working within their resources to address the issues but more is required of the general society.


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