Kingston, 23 August 2018 – The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has announced that the Government has acquired property for the purpose of establishing the first state-run National Shelter for victims and survivors of Gender-based Violence (GBV).
The property in rural Jamaica was purchased through the National Land Agency and handed over to the Ministry.
Minister Grange said, “The National Shelter will accommodate victims and survivors of GBV and their children. It will also offer basic necessities, counselling and other forms of psycho-social support. This is in keeping with the National Strategic Action Plan to Eliminate Gender-based Violence, which recommends providing adequate shelters to protect victims of GBV.”
The Shelter will enable more victims across the country to leave a violent situation, to recuperate, to regain their independence and be empowered to avoid future abuse,
the Gender Minister said.
She explained that, “The location of the property is not being disclosed in keeping with the confidential clause of the Draft National Shelter Strategy. The property was purchased as part of the Jamaica 55 Legacy Project, which commits establishment of three Satellite Shelters in rural Jamaica, and one Shelter in corporate area.
“It is to be renovated and will be operationalized through a public-private partnership agreement with the Woman Inc."
Kingston, August 17 – The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and Chairman of the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO has announced that the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation has won the prestigious UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education.
The US$50,000 prize honours the outstanding contribution of individuals, institutions and organisations engaged in girls’ and women’s education and showcases successful projects that improve and promote the educational prospects of girls and women and in turn, the quality of their lives.
Minister Grange said the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation, which is an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, “won the prize for its tremendous work to help adolescent mothers to continue their education.”
The Women’s Centre helps pregnant teenagers to continue their education through day schools at its locations across the country.
Minister Grange said:
“We are very proud to be receiving this award for education at the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation. The Women’s Centre was started 40 years ago with this mandate — to help pregnant teenagers to continue their education thereby increasing their job prospects and equipping them with the tools to look after their children and to become good parents. I congratulate the team at the Women’s Centre, past and present, who have through kindness, love and care given pregnant teenagers this opportunity to continue their education and to build successful lives. This award is a well-deserved recognition of the hard work over the last four decades.”
The Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation is one of two recipients of the award for 2018.
The prize, which is funded by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, was first awarded by UNESCO in 2016.
The prize will be presented during the 205th Session of the UNESCO Executive Board in Paris, France in October.
Kingston, 8 July 2018 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange has welcomed the historic appointment of Christine Gooden Benguche as President of the Jamaica Methodist District. She is the first woman to be appointed to the post.
“I am delighted to hear of the appointment of Christine Gooden Benguche as the head of the Methodist Church in Jamaica. The Methodists have had a presence in this country for 229 years and it’s the first time that a woman will lead the church in Jamaica. I’m very happy by this development. I congratulate the new Bishop and the church. I pray that she will continue to be an excellent pastor.”