A public education campaign on the National Policy for Gender Equality was launched March 8th by the Jamaican Government lead agency for gender matters, the Bureau of Women’s Affairs (BWA) along with the Dispute Resolution Foundation through the Way Out Project.
The launch took placed at the Wyndham Kingston Hotel as an initiative out of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) to recognizes International Women’s Day (IWD) held under this year’s theme, “The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum”.
NPGE was launched in 2011 by former Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia Grange aimed at gender mainstreaming in national development, thereby enabling men and women to contribute equally to the country’s growth, while having equitable access to the protection and privileges of Jamaican citizenship.
Several persons including the Minister without portfolio in the OPM with responsibility for Information, Senator Sandrea Falconer, before having to leave underscored the importance of the policy and her government support.
While Kelly Tomblin, CEO of Jamaica Public Service Company Ltd (JPS) challenged private and public sectors to latch on to the policy. The JPS boss said her company had began the trailblazing. Tomblin also pointed, “companies with women on boards and decision-making positions see 35% more return on equity.”
Fulling the launch we caught up with Mrs. Donna Parchment Brown, CEO of the Dispute Resolution Foundation and asked tge question: “Women are doing so much better than men in Jamaica… haven’t we done enough now to re-balance the gender game?”