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Jamaican women urged to fight against violence
2013-03-08 09:04:24 | (0 Comments)
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is urging Jamaicans never to accept, excuse or tolerate any act of violence against women and girls.
Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller - File.
Her plea comes as the world celebrates International Women’s Day.
It is being observed today under the theme ‘A Promise is a Promise: Time for Action to End Violence Against Women’.
The prime minister says Jamaican women are part of the global struggle for too long and women have been victims of violence.
She says in many instances, senseless acts of violence, including sexual assaults against women and girls, have rendered many powerless.
Simpson Miller says ending violence against women is a top priority of the Government.
She is calling for Jamaicans to re-affirm their commitment to eliminating violence against women and girls and other barriers which prevent them from living safe, healthy and productive lives.
Meanwhile, the Jamaica Teachers' Association believes that an attack on women and girls is an attack on the profession as most of its members are women.
It says violence in any form, is an attack on society and its normal functions and must not be allowed to flourish.
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