June 22/2019

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports, Olivia “Babsy” Grange, has raised the issue of gender inequality and gender based violence at the Diaspora Conference, while reassuring that the administration is committed to protecting both women and children.

The minister also used the platform to announce that her administration has recently launched a sensitization anti gender violence public education campaign to raise awareness and understanding of the ongoing issues of gender based crimes in Jamaica.

“We are moving to establish a network of government run shelters for victims of gender based violence. Last year, we established one shelter and this year we intend to establish two more. So we will have one in the west, one in the east and one mid island,” said the minister.

The government has implemented its decade long strategic plan to tackle and reduce the prevalence of gender based violence. The campaign is carved under the mantra “No excuse for abuse”.

The minister noted that this movement is pertinent in saving lives, particularly females that are most vulnerable to gender based violence and crimes in Jamaica.