Grange outraged by violence against women and girls
A national strategic plan aimed at eliminating gender-based violence is slated for implementation in the new year.
Olivia Grange, the minister with responsibility for gender affairs, said tackling the issue of violence against women and girls is high on the agenda of the Government.
"The magnitude of on-going violence against women and children in our country is cause for alarm," Grange said.
"The police statistics for the year 2014 show that there were 2,199 reported cases of sexual violence against women and girls. But we know from experience that many many other acts of violence went unreported — in large part due to attitudes towards the brave women who report acts of violence against them," the minister added.
Grange was speaking at a church service to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women at Tarrant Baptist Church, 51 Molynes Road, on Sunday.
The United Nations General Assembly, in 1999, designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem on that day.
Grange has encouraged Jamaicans to use the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, and the 16 days of activism which follow, to make a stand against violence and the protection of our women and children.