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  • The Bureau of Gender Affairs is to shortly implement its Gender Ambassador Programme in schools Islandwide.
  • Mrs Coburn Robinson said the gender ambassadors would be selected by their principals or guidance counsellors and would be “exemplary students who have displayed good character and who they think would be impactful in their space.”
  • The Gender Ambassador Programme is part of the government’s ten-year National Strategic Action Plan to Eliminate Gender-based Violence in Jamaica.

The Bureau of Gender Affairs is to shortly implement its Gender Ambassador Programme in schools Islandwide.

The initiative seeks to raise awareness on gender roles and stereotypes and to promote self-care, healthy relationships and leadership development among youth.

It also aims to engage the youth on what is gender-based violence (GBV) and ways to reduce the prevalence of GBV in Jamaica.

Director, Policy and Research, at the Bureau of Gender Affairs, Sharon Coburn Robinson made the announcement at a JIS Think Tank held recently.

Mrs Coburn Robinson said the gender ambassadors would be selected by their principals or guidance counsellors and would be “exemplary students who have displayed good character and who they think would be impactful in their space.”

“We also want to use them once they have been dubbed gender ambassadors officially, to impact their schools as well as their communities,” she stated.

So far, Mrs Coburn Robinson said students from about ten schools Islandwide have been trained on key aspects of gender-based violence (GBV).

She said topics such as “what is gender, how does it mean to be a boy or girl, how to treat a girl if you are a boy, self-esteem, leadership, careers and goal setting decisions and leadership” were discussed with the students.

The Director pointed out that it is important for the Bureau to engage the youth, citing the findings of the Women’s Health Survey 2016, which revealed that intimate physical violence is most prevalent among women ages 25 to 29, followed by 15 to 19 and 20 to 24.

The Gender Ambassador Programme is part of the government’s ten-year National Strategic Action Plan to Eliminate Gender-based Violence in Jamaica.