KINGSTON, 7 November 2018 (JIS) - The Government is advanced in the establishment of the ﬁrst State-run National Shelter to assist women who need to leave abusive environments.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange provided details during a Statement to the House of Representatives on November 6.
She informed that in the last few months, the Government has completed the acquisition of the property and is in the process of transforming it into a centre to accommodate survivors of gender-based violence and their children.
“It will also offer basic necessities, counselling and other forms of support. We acknowledge all those who have graciously donated furniture and other items towards the establishment of the National Shelter,” Minister Grange said.
Meanwhile, the Minister said that national activities to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25, will target key stakeholders towards the implementation of the National Strategic Action Plan for the Elimination of Gender-based Violence.
“We will use this observance to undertake signiﬁcant outreach activities in communities that are associated with high levels of violence,” Ms. Grange informed.
Through the Bureau of Gender Affairs, the Ministry has developed and championed the National Strategic Action Plan for the Elimination of Gender-based Violence.
“We have begun to implement this 10-year plan that presents an action-focused approach across all of government to eliminate all gender-based violence,” Minister Grange noted.
The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport says the Ministry’s two-day workshop on Textile Conservation and Preservation which opened today at the Knutsford Court Hotel is part of the preparations for the establishment of the National Sport Museum.
The Honourable Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange has signaled that her Ministry, the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, is in the process of developing a national framework for the mobilization of more Jamaicans to participate in various forms of physical activity that contribute to mental and physical fitness, facilitate social interaction and foster social cohesion while building bridges of friendship at all levels of the Jamaican society.