Grange pays tribute to Glenda Simms

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Kingston, 3 January 2022 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, says the gender activist, Dr Glenda Simms — who passed away on New Year’s Eve — was “a trailblazing figure in the fight for women’s rights.”

In her tribute, Minister Grange reflected on Dr Simms’ “dedicated and passionate leadership” of the Bureau of Women’s Affairs (now the Bureau of Gender Affairs) and her “immense contribution towards the struggle for gender equality.”

During her time at the Bureau from 1996 and 2005, Dr Simms started the consultations towards the development of the National Policy on Gender Equality, revitalised Parish Advisory Committees, established the National Gender Advisory Committee and developed public education initiatives on gender-based violence.

“Dr Simms never stopped advocating for women’s rights and for the removal of barriers that prevent women and girls from achieving their full potential. She gave dedicated and passionate leadership to her cause and has been a trailblazing figure in the fight for women’s rights. She will be missed,” said Minister Grange.

The Minister has offered condolences to Dr Simms’ family.


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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.

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