JIS News

Prime Minister, The Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller has taken a firm stance against offenders who abuse women, stating that their actions were impeding the progress of the nation.
“Violence against women in whatever form is considered a violation of their human rights. Such violence manifests itself in sexual, physical and psychological and economic forms,” she said at yesterday’s (Nov. 21) sitting of the House of Representatives.
“As a nation, we renew our commitment to ensuring that gender-based violence in any shape or form is eradicated and that systems are put in place to protect the rights of all, including our women and children,” she said.
The Prime Minister said the issue of violence against women and girls remained an ever present challenge to the social, political and economic development of the society and informed the House that November 25 to December 10 had been designated by the United Nations as the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.
“The period also highlights other significant dates including November 29, International Women Human Rights Defender’s Day; December 1, World AIDS Day and December 6 marks the Anniversary of the Montr