Jamaica News: The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport will again promote healthy gender relations, through the staging of the annual International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (IDEVAW) 2018, on November 25.
This year, it is being held globally under the theme ‘#HearMeToo: End Violence Against Women and Girls’. IDEVAW aims to raise public awareness of violence against women.
Locally, this year’s observance, being held under the theme ‘No Excuse for Abuse’ #NEFA Public Education Campaign, is aimed at reducing gender-based violence in Jamaica.
Speaking with JIS News in a recent interview, Acting Senior Director for Gender Affairs in the Ministry, Sharon Coburn Robinson, said the public education campaign is one of several initiatives by the Government for gender-based violence prevention.
“We are in the midst of a public education campaign, in partnership with UN Women. We intend to raise public awareness in communities across the country to ensure that the threat of violence is minimised; that persons are sensitised on the issue of gender-based violence, so that every person is aware that violence is wrong, unacceptable and is not to be tolerated, and that the Government has a zero-tolerance approach to violence,” she said.
The period of activism will begin with a commemorative church service at the Pentecostal Sanctuary, formerly North Kingston Sanctuary (United Pentecostal Church of Jamaica), on November 25.
The IDEVAW message will be circulated to be read in churches on Saturday and Sunday during the week of observance of IDEVAW.
On November 27 and 30, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, will deliver the IDEVAW statement in the House.
As a sign of support for the initiative, Parliamentarians are to be pinned with purple ribbons to symbolise zero-tolerance for all forms of violence, particularly gender-based violence.
Among the activities is a women’s forum to be held in Montego Bay, St. James, on November 28. This will include presentations and panel discussions on issues surrounding violence against women.
This will be followed by a youth forum to be held on November 30, at several high schools across the parish of St. Elizabeth.
Over the period, three town hall meetings are to be held in Portland, Westmoreland and St. Ann. Topics to be covered include gender-based violence prevention and legislative measures to prevent and protect against this type of violence.
Spearheading the events during the period of activism is the Bureau of Gender Affairs (BGA), a department in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.
Source: JIS News