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The Honorable Olivia “Babsy” Grange, Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports (MICYS) has said that women are now represented in all spheres of social, economic, cultural and political life.
Minister Grange spoke today at the showing of a number of short documentaries, WHY WOMEN COUNT, presented by CVM Television in partnership with Television Trust for the Environment (TVE) to a group of professional women at the Jamaica Pegasus.
The launch of the WHY WOMEN COUNT series in Jamaica is in solidarity with the global picture and to sensitize policy makers with what is happening around the world and what needs to be done to improve the lives of women and girls.
“Today, we can say that women have indeed come a far way. We are now seeing many of our women represented at the highest levels of governance,” Minister Grange said.
She recounted the Jamaican scene where, “we have witnessed having the first female prime minister and leader of the opposition. We can also boast of having our first female justice minister and attorney general, our first female chief justice and our first female director of public prosecution. Our Justice System is in good hands.”
All this in addition to having already had a first female President of the Senate and a female Speaker of the House,” the Minister added.
Minister Grange commended CVM Television and TVE for producing the films on women’s rights and gender equality.
She said she knew that the Bureau of Women’s Affairs would find the documentaries useful to assist in raising awareness on the issues amongst the women served by the Bureau.
The Minister also announced that the pilot had been produced locally for a documentary series, called BREAKING THE SILENCE, which sought to lay bare the ugly occurrence of sexual abuse of children in Jamaica.
She said that soon the pilot would be made available to the Bureau of Women Affairs and that she would be involving CVM Television in the launch of BREAKING THE SILENCE.

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