Grange condemns killing of pregnant woman and children

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has condemned the deadly attack on a pregnant woman and two children in Hanover this morning (Wednesday).

It's reported that 38 year old Abanique Cunningham and her two children — four year old Sanique Coote and seven year old Jayanna Coote -- were chopped to death.

 

Minister Grange said it was a "tragedy" and a "most horrific case of gender-based violence which I condemn in the strongest sense of the word."

 

According to the Minister this latest incident brings into focus the importance of efforts to eliminate gender-based violence and to transform the ways in which we bring about a change in how women are perceived. 

 

"Governmental action is vital to prevent and end gender violence, but success requires people speaking up. I note that the police have made an arrest in this case, and I encourage anyone with any information that can assist in this case to make a report to the police," the Minister said.

 

 

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Minister's charge

I remain hopeful because of the giftedness of the Jamaican people; their warmth and creativity; their dynamism and indomitable spirit that have resulted in excellence in all sectors.

It is by tapping into the gifts and awakening the spirit of the Jamaican people that we will, by God’s grace, re-group, re-engineer and re-open to a brighter future with Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

Olivia Grange

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