GENDER ISSUES The JLP is committed to the principles of gender equality and balance. When we have true gender equality we will see equal numbers of women and men operating at all levels, including leadership. We have therefore identified several areas of focus for the next 5 years, in line with the 2011 National Policy for Gender Equality, Vision 2030 and other international and regional agreements and conventions. The JLP will continue its commitment to gender mainstreaming in public sector entities, i.e. taking conscious steps to assess the different implications for women and men, of any planned policy action, including legislation and programmes.
Gender-Based Violence Gender-based violence continues to be a major concern of the JLP. Far too many of our women and girls are subject to various forms of abuse including sexual abuse and domestic violence. The Party will continue to address these issues through the following actions:
Enactment of legislation against Sexual Harassment
Continued sensitization about Human Trafficking
Establishment of Permanent and Temporary Shelters for women victims of domestic violence with appropriate accommodation for children
Review of Legislation on Sexual Offences, Domestic Violence and Childcare and Protection
Implementation of the National Strategic Action Plan to Eliminate Gender-Based Violence
Putting resources in place to improve livelihoods of rural women through new and existing programmes
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights/HIV and AIDS The JLP government will seek to ensure that women and girls have the information, tools and access to facilities to meet their sexual and reproductive health needs and as outlined in the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), with a view to reducing early and unplanned pregnancies.
Decent Work for Domestic Workers The JLP recognizes the worth of domestic workers and their contribution to national development. The JLP Government commits to Jamaica’s ratification of the ILO Convention 189, Decent Work for Domestic Workers, to improve the lives and working conditions of domestic workers.
Men and Masculinities The JLP recognizes that boys are now forming a critical vulnerable group and that men and boys tend to be under-represented in education. In keeping with the SDG goal 5, a focus will be placed on the boy child. The JLP Government will strengthen training programmes targeting unattached and vulnerable youth. We will also ensure that counselling programmes are made available
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