The Government is slated to implement the ‘Spot Light Initiative’ which is aimed at ending gender-based violence in Jamaica.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced while speaking at the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative High-Level Event: Progress and Perspectives on Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls in New York, Thursday (September 26). “Gender-based violence, manifested in violence against women and girls, is an issue we all grapple within our societies. In Jamaica we are no exception, so tackling this issue is of the highest priority for my Government”, the Prime Minister underscored.
“The abuse of, and persistent acts of violence against women and girls: perpetuate a dysfunctional cycle of societal violence, hinder the economic and social empowerment of women and girls in their daily lives, and; slow the attainment of Goal Five (5) of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” Holness added.
In that regard, the ‘Spotlight Initiative’ has provided a push for global action to end gender-based violence. The European Union (EU) has allocated 8 million Euros to Jamaica to support this initiative to deal with the problem of domestic violence.
The European Union’s Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed said: “The Spotlight Initiative, in partnership with national governments, will also be introducing new country programs for Afghanistan, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste and Vanuatu in 2020. With our expanded global footprint, we can scale-up our collective efforts on violence prevention, protection and the provision of high-quality services, alongside broader efforts to ensure women’s economic empowerment and participation in all aspects of society.”
The European Union and the United Nations’ Spotlight Initiative was launched in September 2017.