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  • Senator Falconer said the Government is determined to deal with the issue of sexual harassment, which she said, is a form of discrimination, and in many instances, is a precursor to violence.
  • The MDGs are eight international development targets, which world leaders have committed to attain by 2015. They are: eradicating extreme poverty and hunger; achieving universal primary education...
  • “The framework we hope to develop for Jamaica, must address our own unique socio-culture barriers that prevent the full attainment of the MDGs as well as those that could affect the sustainability of progress already reported,” she stated.

Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, said that work is far advanced for a submission to be made to Cabinet for the enactment of an Anti-Sexual Harassment Legislation.

She made the announcement on December 5, 2013 as she addressed a joint Government/Civil Society/(Non-Government Organization (NGO) Sanitization Session on Gender Equality Issues at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.

Senator Falconer said the Government is determined to deal with the issue of sexual harassment, which she said, is a form of discrimination, and in many instances, is a precursor to violence.

“We must examine the direct physical, mental, spiritual and social implications of violence within our society, and put a stop to source. It is then, that we will be able to more adequately address areas such as economic empowerment of women, and encourage women, unhindered by violence, to become leaders in the community, and at the highest decision-making levels in the society,” she stated.

Minister Falconer said meeting on gender equality is important as Jamaica plans for the future beyond the 2015 timeframe for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The MDGs are eight international development targets, which world leaders have committed to attain by 2015. They are: eradicating extreme poverty and hunger; achieving universal primary education; promoting gender equality and empowering women; reducing child mortality rates;  improve maternal health; combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases; ensuring environmental sustainability; and developing a global partnership for development.

Minister Falconer said that the country must build on the progress made in achieving the targets and give priority attention to take the areas that are of greatest importance to gender equality and development.

She noted that while women have made significant strides in areas such as access to education and leadership in business, there are a range of issues that continue to hinder women’s achievement of full participation in all areas of society.

“The framework we hope to develop for Jamaica, must address our own unique socio-culture barriers that prevent the full attainment of the MDGs as well as those that could affect the sustainability of progress already reported,” she stated.