Director of Policy and Research, Bureau of Gender Affairs (BGA), Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Sharon Coburn-Robinson, is urging more Jamaican men to be positive role models in the society.
She was speaking with JIS News about the Bureau’s schedule of activities to mark International Men’s Day (IMD) on Monday, November 19.
Mrs. Coburn-Robinson said the engagements will focus on the influence that positive male role models have on youth.
“This year, we [will] have a week of activities looking at positive role models for boys and young persons, including girls, so that when they become adults, they will be able to make wise choices, having had the mentorship from the men,” she explained.
International Men’s Day, which is observed annually, focuses on men’s and boys’ health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models.
This year’s observance will be held under the theme is: ‘Reinforcing Positive Male Role Models’.
Activities marking the day form part of the Government’s ‘No Excuse for Abuse’ #NEFA Public Education Campaign, aimed at reducing gender-based violence in Jamaica.
The week-long activities kicked off with a church service at the Constant Spring Road Church of God in St. Andrew on Sunday (November 18).
Other engagements include: a consultation session on paternity leave and other best practices towards parental leave for fathers, the main event to celebrate IMD, on Monday (November 19), at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Headquarters.
A sensitization session for inmates at the St. Catherine Adult Correctional Centre will be held on Wednesday (November 21), while a male youth forum and rap session will take place on Thursday and Friday (November 22 and 23) respectively. These sessions will target male students and unattached youth in select communities.
The events are being organised by the Bureau in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), and Institute of Gender and Development Studies, among other stakeholders.