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    • Several laws are currently being reviewed as the Government intensifies its drive to protect the nation's women and girls and eliminate acts of violence against them.
    • Mrs. Simpson Miller informed that a Joint Select Committee of Parliament is now reviewing the Sexual Offences Act, the Offences Against the Persons Act, the Domestic Violence Act, and the Child Care and Protection Act.
    • The United Nations (UN) observes International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25 to raise awareness and incite action to end the global scourge of violence against women and girls.

    Several laws are currently being reviewed as the Government intensifies its drive to protect the nation’s women and girls and eliminate acts of violence against them.

    This was disclosed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, in a speech read by Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, at a church service held on Sunday (Nov. 23) at the Constant Spring Church of God in Kingston, to commemorate International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

    Mrs. Simpson Miller informed that a Joint Select Committee of Parliament is now reviewing the Sexual Offences Act, the Offences Against the Persons Act, the Domestic Violence Act, and the Child Care and Protection Act.

    “The committee will focus on offences as well as the punishment of crimes such as the murder of pregnant women, the assault of women, children and the elderly as well as sexual crimes,”she said.

    The Prime Minister stressed that violence against women is unacceptable and illegal, and the Government will continue to put measures in place to provide greater security and protection for women in the fight to eliminate violence against them.

    Mrs. Simpson Miller informed that work is also far advanced on Jamaica’s sexual harassment legislation, which will provide an avenue of redress for women, who are so violated.

    She called on all citizens to play their part in addressing acts of violence against women and girls.

    “The Government can do its part but it is the responsibility of all of us to do all that we can to give all women and girls a new reality and a different outlook, by breaking the culture of violence and the culture of silence on this issue,” the Prime Minister implored.

    She further urged women, who have been abused, to find the courage to “fight back” and end the vicious cycle of violence, by speaking up and seeking help.

    “Seek help from trusted friends, relatives, or support groups. You are not alone in your fight against violence,” she stated.

    The Prime Minister said the Government will continue the education of citizens and build public awareness of gender-based violence and violence against women, and ultimately engender a culture of peace and respect for all.

    Opposition Senator, Kamina Johnson Smith, who spoke on behalf of Opposition Leader, Hon. Andrew Holness, said the social ill of violence against women, “demands urgent attention from every member of our society, who still believes in decency, justice, and prosperity”.

    “We need to say no to violence against Jamaica’s women. We need to stand up for the rights and equality of all our women and girls and say ‘yes equal opportunity in education, in society, at home and at the workplace,’” she said.

    Mrs. Johnson Smith also urged all Jamaicans to “make their voices heard” during the review of the various pieces of legislation that aim to improve protection of the most vulnerable in society, including the elderly, and persons with disabilities.

    The United Nations (UN) observes International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25 to raise awareness and incite action to end the global scourge of violence against women and girls.

     

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