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Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange (left), interacts with the child of a student of the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation being embraced by Reggae Girl, Yasmine Jamieson. Looking on is Reggae Girlz Assistant Coach, Hubert Busby.
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Story Highlights

  • The Government is making every effort to reduce the prevalence of gender-based violence (GBV) in Jamaica, especially among women and girls.
  • A 10-year National Strategic Action Plan to Eliminate GBV in Jamaica (2017-2027) was launched in 2018 by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport to prevent violence, protect and deliver adequate services to victims and deal appropriately with perpetrators.
  • Additionally, a public education campaign, titled, ‘No Excuse for Abuse’ was developed to take anti-violence messages to communities across the country.

The Government is making every effort to reduce the prevalence of gender-based violence (GBV) in Jamaica, especially among women and girls.

A 10-year National Strategic Action Plan to Eliminate GBV in Jamaica (2017-2027) was launched in 2018 by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport to prevent violence, protect and deliver adequate services to victims and deal appropriately with perpetrators.

Additionally, a public education campaign, titled, ‘No Excuse for Abuse’ was developed to take anti-violence messages to communities across the country.

Bureau of Gender Affairs
• Memorandum of Understanding signed with the UN Women Multi-Country Office of the Caribbean to support the Plan’s implementation.
• The Government acquired property outside Kingston for use as a shelter for women who need to leave abusive environments.
• MOU signed to address challenges facing women in business and to strengthen collaboration in developing programmes to encourage entrepreneurship among females.
• The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport developed an initiative, dubbed, ‘A-STREAM’ (Advancing Secondary, Tertiary, Remedial Education for Adolescent Mothers). A-STREAM, which is administered through the Women’s Centre of Jamaica

Foundation, targets teenage mothers at risk of dropping out of school. Under the programme, 40 adolescent mothers are paired with 40 mentors who encourage them to complete their education and assist them with critical life skills.
• Portfolio Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, launched an economic opportunity training programme in the maroon community of Accompong, St. Elizabeth. Residents are able to access grants totalling $1 million from the Ministry to start businesses.
• A draft Prevention of Sexual Harassment Bill was amended and resubmitted to Cabinet. The document now reflects recommendations regarding the establishment of a Sexual Harassment Tribunal to preside over sexual harassment matters, and the designation of Field Officers from the Bureau of Gender Affairs as Authorised Officers. This revision will be submitted to the Legislative Committee for consideration ahead of final approval.
• The Special Service Desk for Men conducted seven sensitisation and awareness-raising sessions reaching 309 men and boys. Issues dealt with included Toxic Masculinities, Health and Employment.
• The Ministry conducted economic opportunity workshops and entrepreneurial training, among other support interventions to enable communities to take advantage of the opportunities from World Heritage Designation of certain sites.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange (left) and Acting Senior Director for Gender Affairs in the Ministry, Sharon Coburn Robinson, at the launch of the ‘No Excuse for Abuse’ (#NEFA) public education campaign, at the Courtleigh Auditorium.

 

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange (left), interacts with the child of a student of the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation being embraced by Reggae Girl, Yasmine Jamieson. Looking on is Reggae Girlz Assistant Coach, Hubert Busby.

 

Milestones in Sports, Culture and Entertainment

Sport

• The Government hosted four days of celebrations to recognise Jamaica’s senior national women’s football team, the Reggae Girlz, for qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in France. Members of the team were presented with Keys to Kingston, Montego Bay, Spanish Town and St. Ann’s Bay.
• The Aquatic Centre located at the National Stadium was refurbished at a cost of over $27 million.
• The statue of World and Olympic sprint champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, was unveiled by Prime Minister Holness.
• Cabinet approved a contract for $71.5 million to the German firm, BSW GmbH, to replace the Stadium East running track.

State Minister in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Alando Terrelonge (right), engages with Naggo Head Primary School athlete, Dushawn Green (left), as his schoolmates look on. The occasion was the opening ceremony for the 38th Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Primary School Athletics Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston.

 

Culture
• The Jamaica Festival Song Competition was revamped for the 2018 staging.
• Thousands of Jamaicans turned out to celebrate the country’s 56th anniversary of Independence at the Grand Gala, held at the National Stadium in Kingston, on August 6.
• A life-size bronze statue of Jamaica’s cultural icon, Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley, affectionately called “Miss Lou” was unveiled by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, on September 7 in Gordon Town Square, St Andrew.
• Reggae was inscribed on the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
• The Bustamante Museum, where National Hero, Rt. Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante, and Lady Bustamante resided from 1942 to 1964, was fully restored.
• On Labour Day, May 23, Jamaicans constructed ramps in schools and at health centres to improve access to buildings by physically challenged persons.
• The Blue Lagoon in Portland was declared a National Monument on the basis of its aesthetic and scientific properties.
• A nomination Dossier to list Port Royal as a World Heritage site was submitted to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
• Jamaica was elected unopposed to a seat on the Intergovernmental Committee of the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), at the General Assembly of the Convention in Paris, France.

Entertainment
• 132 individuals and 13 companies registered on the National Registry of Entertainment and Creative Industry Practitioners.
• The Entertainment Zone Working Group established and completed definitions for Zones, Entertainment Areas, and Entertainment Districts. The definitions were submitted to the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) for inclusion in Development

Orders via the Planning Division of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.