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  • The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development is committed to the facilitation of gender mainstreaming and values the importance of gender equality in disaster risk reduction.
  • This was stated by Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, in a message at the January 24 Disaster Risk Management Gender Symposium, read by Senior Director of Corporate Services in the Ministry, Ann-Marie Mittoo.
  • The Minister pointed out that Jamaica ranks high in female involvement in the areas of domestic, social and political life; however, greater involvement can be facilitated, particularly in disaster risk management.

The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development is committed to the facilitation of gender mainstreaming and values the importance of gender equality in disaster risk reduction.

This was stated by Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, in a message at the January 24 Disaster Risk Management Gender Symposium, read by Senior Director of Corporate Services in the Ministry, Ann-Marie Mittoo.

The Minister pointed out that Jamaica ranks high in female involvement in the areas of domestic, social and political life; however, greater involvement can be facilitated, particularly in disaster risk management.

“Let me underscore the commitment of the Ministry in gender mainstreaming by indicating that we have every intention of establishing gender focal points within the 14 municipal corporations islandwide,” Mr. McKenzie said.

“This is to send a strong message that gender mainstreaming is not only a focus at the central government level, but it is a focus for us in local governance and at the community level. It is a way of life for us at the Ministry,” the Minister added.

Gender mainstreaming is a gender equality strategy that assesses the implications for different genders of any programme, policy and legislation. These focal points will serve as avenues for gender mainstreaming in local governance.

The symposium was hosted by ODPEM at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus. It focused on the importance of input from the male and female perspective in the development of a comprehensive disaster risk management plan.