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  • Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, is calling on citizens to help break the cycle of violence against women and girls.
  • The Information Minister, who was delivering a statement in the Senate on October 10, said protecting girls from all forms of violence must be at the heart of the national agenda.
  • Senator Falconer said there is also need to ensure that the sexual and reproductive health and rights of girls are protected, and for men and boys to understand that violence against women and girls is not acceptable.

As Jamaica joins the global community in observing ‘International Day of the Girl Child’ on October 11, Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, is calling on citizens to help break the cycle of violence against women and girls.

“Let this International Day of the Girl Child, with its focus on violence against girls, be an opportunity to step up collective action to break the cycle against girls and women. Let us all make a commitment to say no more…no more violence against our girls and women,” she said.

The Information Minister, who was delivering a statement in the Senate on October 10, said protecting girls from all forms of violence must be at the heart of the national agenda.

“We can do it through the provision of adequate services, appropriate legislation and comprehensive prevention efforts, including public education. We must continue to provide our girls with access to education, and improve justice mechanisms and support services,” she contended.

Senator Falconer said there is also need to ensure that the sexual and reproductive health and rights of girls are protected, and for men and boys to understand that violence against women and girls is not acceptable.

The Information Minister, in her presentation, cited the eradication of violence against children as a necessary and critical step in the nation’s development.

“We cannot create that society we want, as outlined in Jamaica’s 2030 Vision, without a reduction and eventual elimination of violence against our children,” she stated.

She noted that while there is a declining trend in the number of children killed in acts of violence, “the overall situation is that, since 2000, it is estimated that over 1,600 children have been killed as a result of violence and thousands more have been scarred for life, being victims of sexual and physical abuse.”

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