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  • Jamaica has affirmed its commitment to a stand-alone goal based on gender equality, women’s empowerment and the protection of women’s human rights as part of the dialogue on the Post 2015 Agenda.
  • Minister Falconer said Jamaica remained committed to improving the status of women and the Declaration reached in Mexico City by countries of Latin America and the Caribbean preparatory to the CSW58.
  • Minister Falconer acknowledged that despite the gains made, there remains a great deal of work to be done as the country faces challenges that constrain its capacity to fully achieve the MDGs.

Jamaica has affirmed its commitment to a stand-alone goal based on gender equality, women’s empowerment and the protection of women’s human rights as part of the dialogue on the Post 2015 Agenda.

The commitment was stated by Sen. Hon. Sandrea Falconer, Minister with Responsibility for Information in an address today ( March 11) to the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 58), currently underway at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Minister Falconer said Jamaica remained committed to improving the status of women and the Declaration reached in Mexico City by countries of Latin America and the Caribbean preparatory to the CSW58.

Noting the gains made in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Information Minister stated that the Promotion of Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women has been bolstered in Jamaica by a number of legislative initiatives, gender mainstreaming and activities to eliminate gender based violence. She highlighted that work was now far advanced on the enactment of an Anti-Sexual Harassment Legislation, the National Strategic Action Plan on Gender Based Violence is currently being revised and that the National Policy for the Reintegration of School Aged Mothers into the Formal School System was approved last year.

Senator Falconer also noted that Jamaica is continuing its efforts to meet the MDG related to reducing maternal mortality. “Our Maternal Mortality Ratio has declined by 30% from 1990 to 2012. Ninety eight per cent of all births are now assisted by a skilled birth attendant and antenatal care coverage, as measured by at least one visit to a health facility during pregnancy is 98%,” Minister Falconer said.  (…more / page 2)

Minister Falconer acknowledged that despite the gains made, there remains a great deal of work to be done as the country faces challenges that constrain its capacity to fully achieve the MDGs.  “As we strive to achieve international development goals let us be mindful of the social and economic realities of each country and therefore what is possible,” concluding that “while we assess the MDGs, we must craft a Post-2015 Development Agenda that carries forward the unfinished business and is inclusive.”