Women’s Rights

Jamaica’s Journey to Gender Equity Global Development / Women's Rights

I was recruited as a Gender Advisor in Jamaica beginning in January 2016. For the past five years, I have been providing advisory and technical contributions and guidance in the area of gender equality to organisations in Africa, Europe and North America. Despite the fact that Jamaica has the highest proportion of women managers (60%) globally, there is a long way to go before the country achieves...

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13 Ways to Support A Victim of Gender-Based Violence (Violence against women) Women's Rights

TIP 1: LISTEN without judging and without freaking out. Just listen carefully to what the victim has to say. Most victims who do not report their assault decided to do so because no one would trust them. TIP 2: BELIEVE “I believe you”. A lot of victims do not report their assault because they are afraid that no one will believe them. Many survivors will...

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Violence Against Women (Gender-based violence) Women's Rights

The issue of gender-based violence reaches every corner of the world. The numbers of women and girls affected by this problem are staggering. Violence against women and girls is a global epidemic that affects the health and economic stability of women, their families, and their communities. What is gender-based violence? ‘Gender-based violence’ (GBV) and ‘violence against women’ are terms that are often used interchangeably as...

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Push For Greater Women’s Rights in Jamaica Women's Rights

In Jamaica, the social discrimination against women, particularly with regards to sexual violence, is often exacerbated by the criminal justice system; many women in the country are reluctant to report incidences of gender-based violence to the police. Consequently, it is estimated that only about 25% of sexual violence is reported. Across all social groups, violence and various forms of abuse are part of the daily experience...

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Copyright: Robin Hammond / Panos Women's Rights

Sustainable development is “development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”[1] I have been writing and talking a lot (on my YouTube channel) about the importance of including women’s needs in every aspect of global development because gender disparity is among the most pervasive forms of inequality in the world[2]. Without serious steps...

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