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Sexual Harassment Bill to Be Tabled this Year

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, says the Sexual Harassment Bill is to be tabled this year. The Bill seeks to protect all women and men from unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, and crude sexual behaviours that affect quality of life by creating an intimidating,…

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New Fiscal Year Begins With Throne Speech

The 2018/19 session of Parliament got under way today (February 15) with the traditional pomp and pageantry. It was highlighted by the delivery of the Throne Speech by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen. His address outlined the priority programmes and policies to be pursued by the…

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Senate Approves Bill to Absolve National Heroes from Criminal Liability

History was made in the Jamaican Parliament today, when the Senate approved the Bill shortly entitled, ‘The National Heroes and other Freedom Fighters (Absolution from Criminal Liability in Respect of Specified Acts) Act, 2017’. The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, who piloted the Bill…

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Focus on Foster Care February 11-17

The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) will observe National Foster Care Week from February 11 to 17, under the theme ‘Inspire Hope, Foster a Child’. For the past 12 years, the CPFSA, formerly the Child Development Agency (CDA), has been observing the Week to bring focus on foster…

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Minister Grange Urges Increased Partnership with UWI to Facilitate Research

Public- and private-sector entities are being urged to increased partnership with the University of the West Indies (UWI) to facilitate research and innovation for economic and national development. Minister of Culture Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, made the call as she addressed the opening of the UWI’s Research…

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Government to Allocate $30 Million for Research

Over the next three years, the Government will be allocating $30 million to fund high-quality research in the areas of indigenous knowledge and water. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, made the announcement at the launch of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Research Days…

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Social Research is Critical – Grange

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, says social research, like scientific research, plays a critical role in the development of Jamaica. The Minister was speaking at the Opening Ceremony for the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Research Days 2018 on Wednesday (February…

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Applications Invited for PM’s Jamaica 55 Commemorative Medal

Jamaicans at home and in the diaspora are being encouraged to submit applications for the Prime Minister’s Jamaica 55 Commemorative Medal of Appreciation for service to Jamaica, for which nominations will close on February 16, 2018. Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ on February 7, Minister of…

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15 Women to Start Business Ventures through EU Grant Support

Fifteen women, who have been certified in entrepreneurship, are to benefit from grant support from the European Union (EU) to undertake business ventures. They are among 30 women trained under a €200,000 (approximately J$30 million) Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL) project on ‘Reducing Domestic Sexual and Gender-based violence Against…

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Women Judges Hail Outgoing Chief Justice

Women judges from Jamaica and the wider Caribbean have heaped praises on retiring Chief Justice, Hon. Justice Zaila McCalla, for her 40 years of stalwart service to the justice sector and her work to modernise the judicial system. Members of the Jamaica Association of Women Judges (JAWJ) in a citation…

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Gov’t Takes Role of Protecting Rights of Citizens Seriously-PM

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness says the Government takes the role of protecting the rights of all citizens seriously. He noted that in dealing with the incidence of crime, the government is ensuring that there will be justice for all. “If it is that we are truly seeking…

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Sexual Harassment Bill Modified to Reflect Current Realities

Acting Senior Director of Policy and Research at the Bureau of Gender Affairs, Sharon Robinson, says the sexual harassment Bill has been modified to reflect current realities.  “We have had an opportunity... to look at whether or not the coverage was adequate or was there anything that we missed. There are some…

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Emergency Powers Review Tribunal Established

Pursuant to Clause 38 of the Emergency Powers Regulations, 2018, the Emergency Powers Review Tribunal has been Gazetted. The Members of the Tribunal are: Attorney at Law Ian Wilkinson QC, Former President of the Jamaica Bar Association Pastor David Henry, Pastor at the Swallowfield Chapel Justice Loyd Hibbert, Retired Supreme…

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Grange: Everyone Needs to Work for Gender Equality

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange has said that what is required to achieve gender equality is men and women working side-by-side to create societies that provide equal enjoyment of the socially valued goods, opportunities, resources and rewards. Minister Grange’s comments were contained in…

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Gov’t Looking to Get More Women into Leadership Roles

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Denzil Thorpe, says the Government to taking steps to achieve greater gender equity in the society, particularly with regards to leadership positions. “It is urgent that we address this situation of women’s leadership, because it is clear that when…

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Preservation of Culture and Heritage Vital – Minister Grange

Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, says preservation of the nation’s culture and heritage has an important economic dimension that must be acknowledged and given greater focus. “This is a matter of national development and is vital for our cultural tourism product,” she said, noting that it…

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Jamaica to Host Inter-Parliamentary Workshop on Gender Equality

Strategies to remedy gender inequality and engage men as partners in tackling gender-based discrimination in the region are among the issues to be discussed at an Inter-Parliamentary Workshop on Gender Equality to be held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on January 24 and 25. The event, to be held under…

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Troy Primary School to Be Renamed the Veronica Campbell Brown Primary School

The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport today announced that Troy Primary School in Trelawny which is the primary school attended by Veronica Campbell Brown will definitely be renamed for her as a tribute to one of Jamaica’s greatest athletes. Minister Grange made the announcement at…

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Accompong Town to Benefit from Economic Opportunities Programme –Grange

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange says her Ministry will be expanding its Economic Opportunities Workshop programme to include the Maroon community of Accompong. Minister Grange was speaking in the community at a ceremony on January 6 to mark the 280th anniversary of the signing…

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Culture Ministry Pledges Full Support for Significant Milestones

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says in addition to the Maroon Peace Treaty celebration on January 6, the Ministry will provide maximum support to two other significant milestones this year. They are the 180th anniversary of full freedom, emanating from the 1834 Abolition Act; and…

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