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25 Nov

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – #NoExcuse

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – #NoExcuse

As we commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, The Private Sector Organisation Of Jamaica (PSOJ) stands in solidarity with the global movement under the theme: “Invest to Prevent Violence against Women & Girls.”

Championing the #NoExcuse campaign, we call for urgent and impactful actions to tackle this pressing societal challenge.

The stark reality in Jamaica, as highlighted by the 2021 Jamaica Survey of Living Conditions conducted by the PIOJ, demands our immediate attention. The survey revealed that 1 in 4 women in Jamaica have experienced physical or sexual violence, and 1 in 3 have faced emotional abuse from their partners.

This multifaceted violence, which encompasses both physical harm and emotional trauma, requires our undivided attention and immediate action.

Moving forward, we acknowledge the Government of Jamaica’s continued measures, particularly in establishing shelters for victims of domestic abuse. These safe havens are critical in offering support and hope to those in dire need. Additionally, the commendable work of government, NGOs, civil society agencies and other stakeholders, which provide unwavering support to victims, is an integral part of this collective effort.

Equally important are the recent legislative advancements, such as the amendments to the Cybercrimes Act. These changes are crucial for protecting women against digital forms of violence like cyberbullying and revenge porn, furthering our commitment to a safer environment.

Within the PSOJ, the Gender and Disabilities Affairs Committee, acutely aware of the alarming increase in domestic violence cases in Jamaica, is dedicated to its advocacy role. The committee is committed to pushing for more robust legislative measures, including the necessary enhancements to the Domestic Violence Act. This commitment underscores our understanding of the importance of a holistic approach to addressing these issues.

Recognising the profound economic and social impacts of violence against women, we see tackling this issue as a key step towards Jamaica’s sustainable development and prosperity.

We are steadfast in our commitment to advocate for enhanced legal frameworks, like the Domestic Violence Act, ensuring comprehensive protection for all. Through collaboration with government, civil society, and other key stakeholders, we are determined to forge a path towards a future where violence against women and girls is eradicated from Jamaica.

Article from The Private Sector Organisation Of Jamaica (PSOJ)