Kingston, Jamaica (McKoy’s News)- Woman Inc. Crisis Shelter Reopens: The Woman Incorporated Crisis shelter in Kingston was officially re-opened on Wednesday October 11, 2017 after extensive upgrading.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, who spoke at the opening ceremony, said the Government is moving swiftly to establish a national shelter in the Corporate Area. She stated that there are plans to commence work on satellite shelters in rural Jamaica.
“The national shelter, which is long overdue, is being established as a Legacy Project of the Jamaica 55 commemorations, with the kind support of members of the Jamaican diaspora in the United States,” she pointed out.
Ms Grange also noted that the National Strategic Action Plan to eliminate gender-based violence (GBV) has provisions to deal with offenders. She said the success of the plan will depend on partnerships, and urged everyone to get involved in the fight against the scourge.
“We need all hands on deck to end gender-based violence. We have become an individualistic, hands-off, see nothing, hear nothing, do-nothing society,” she pointed out.
“We need to get back to being a people who care about each other, who get involved in each other’s lives, who treat each other’s children like our own, who know that we rise together or we sink together,” she added.
Contributed by: Nichola Panton