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  • Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, is calling on stakeholders within the sporting fraternity to join her in lobbying for greater gender equality in sport, particularly in the game of cricket.
  • She urged Jamaicans to lobby with her to ensure that the school changes its position. “We must correct it. In fact, this young woman should not have been denied playing with the boys,” she added.
  • In the just concluded ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in India, the West Indies women won the trophy for the first time, defeating their Australian counterparts by eight wickets at Eden Gardens.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, is calling on stakeholders within the sporting fraternity to join her in lobbying for greater gender equality in sport, particularly in the game of cricket.

She made the appeal during a welcome reception in honour of the captain of the victorious West Indies Women’s T20 cricket team, Stafanie Taylor, at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on April 6.

During the reception, Minister Grange highlighted an issue at the Eltham High School, in St. Catherine, where an outstanding young female cricketer has been denied the opportunity to compete and represent her school. Eltham High School is the alma mater of Stafanie Taylor.

“If that opportunity had been denied Stafanie, we would not be here today celebrating this outstanding Jamaican woman,” she said.

She urged Jamaicans to lobby with her to ensure that the school changes its position. “We must correct it. In fact, this young woman should not have been denied playing with the boys,” she added.

Miss Grange said the young cricketer has been saddened by the development, as playing cricket is her passion. “I see in her a future Stafanie Taylor and so I’m making an appeal in the matter,” she said.

The Minister called on President, Jamaica Cricket Association, Billy Heaven, to assist in “breaking this barrier, as it is discriminating against women.”

In the just concluded ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in India, the West Indies women won the trophy for the first time, defeating their Australian counterparts by eight wickets at Eden Gardens.