December 2, 2022 | By Colin O. Jarrett |
Several pieces of legislation are being amended to provide greater protection for victims of gender-based violence in Jamaica.
Work to this end has commenced on the Domestic Violence Act, to broaden the scope and definition of domestic violence and the Memorandum of Objects and Reason relating to the draft Firearms Prohibition, Restriction and Regulation Act, 2022 to ensure compliance. This was disclosed by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange.
“This drafting instructions have now been issued to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel and others and are being worked on. So the amendments to the Domestic Violence Act will, very soon, be brought to Parliament; and the scope will be brought to provide greater protection for anyone who experiences domestic violence”, Grange said.
Additionally, the Government is conducting a comprehensive review of the National Policy for Gender Equality, with support from the Caribbean Development Bank.
“This is being done under a project which was implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund, under the Basic Needs Trust Fund,” Grange informed.
Minister Grange was speaking during an International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women event at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on Friday November 25.