SAN JUAN – Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller on Wednesday marked the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by expressing support Wednesday for four bills aiming to fight domestic violence.
“The elimination of gender-based and other forms of violence against women and girls is central to the government’s commitment to the safety and security of all citizens, particularly the most vulnerable in our society,” she said in an address to the nation.
Simpson-Miller said her administration is committed to the Jamaica National Development Plan for 2030, which calls for empowering women, regardless of color, class, race or socio-economic status, and ensuring that they can live in a safe and peaceful society.
The Plan has inspired four pieces of proposed legislation: the Sexual Offences Act; the Domestic Violence Act; the Offenses Against the Person Act; and the Child Care and Protection Act.
“I call on all Jamaicans to positively engage on this issue of violence against women. Violence against women and girls impedes the development process and hinders efforts toward peace and security,” the prime minister said.