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Jamaica Government To Establish Three State-Run Shelters For Victims Of Gender-Based Violence

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Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange (2nd left) shares a moment with other officials as well as students from Jamaica College at the Stand up, Talk up Public Forum. (Photo credit: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday December 2, 2019 – Government is in the process of
establishing three state-run shelters for victims of gender-based violence.

The Ministry
of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has already completed the purchase
of one property to serve as a national shelter. And Minister Olivia Grange said
the government is now finalizing the process to acquire the two other
properties.

“So we will
have a shelter in the east, a shelter in the west and a shelter mid-island, so
wherever the need is, we will be able to provide support for women in abusive
situations,” she said, adding that the shelters will be operationalized next
year.

“The
Government of Jamaica is providing a refuge from real and pending danger to our
women and our children and we are providing a suitable way out for these
victims through counselling, and other types of intervention.”

However, the
Minister said the shelter initiative requires the support of all and not just
the Government.

“This
national shelter programme presents a perfect opportunity for us to use
corporate social responsibility and public partnership as a means of protecting
human rights and well-being,” she said.

“Therefore,
I am asking our multilateral partners, civil society organisations,
non-government organisations and members of the private sector to join us in
this carefully executed but anticipated and intentional decision to respond to
a complex social, economic and cultural problem in an ongoing and holistic way.”

Minister
Grange said the United Nations describes gender based violence against women
and girls as one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human
violations in the world today.

“It
continues to be a major obstacle to the fulfilment of women’s and girls’ human
rights, and it occurs worldwide. It cuts across all generations, nationalities,
communities and spheres of our societies, irrespective of age, ethnicity,
disability, or any other background,” she said.

Grange also
cited statistics from Jamaica’s Women Health 2016 Survey which reports that one
in every four women has been slapped, beaten with a fist, or pushed.

The survey
also showed that a quarter of women in Jamaica have been sexually abused by men
who are not their intimate partners; that the majority of men who sexual abused
women were either friends or acquaintances; and that one out of every five
women reported being sexually abused before reaching 18 by a family member or a
friend.

“The Woman’s
Health Survey has shown us that when women are leaving violent relationships,
it is a constant process as they attempt to leave many times, but they’re not
able to,” the Minster said.

“What is
even more alarming is that the data highlighted that some women in Jamaica
believe that some types of violence against women can be justified, they think
it is tough love, him love me so him beat me,” she added, pointing to the
urgent need to “sensitise our citizens and protect our women and girls.”

Minister
Grange was speaking at the Stand up, Talk up Public Forum which was held in
commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against
Women (IDEVAW) which was observed on November 25. It is a part of 16 days of
activism against gender based- violence which will end on December 10.

Grange said the observance of IDEVAW creates awareness on all forms of violence against women and girls and its impact on the country’s socio- economic development.

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Haitian opposition rejects new U.S. call for dialogue

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9 de diciembre de 2019, 13:43Port-au-Prince, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) The opposition Consensual Alternative for the Refoundation of Haiti rejected on Monday the request for dialogue of the government of the United States, to solve the socio-political and economic crisis that afflicts the country.

After the visit of David Hale, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the U.S. Embassy in Haiti again advocated dialogue among political actors, without preconditions or delays, which would allow the establishment of a legitimate government.

However, Andre Michel, spokesman for the Consensual Alternative, and one of the most hostile figures to the head of State Jovenel Moïse, insisted on his social networks that they will not cohabit with a president he describes as corrupt.

The U.S. embassy must respect the Haitian people, the lawyer posted on Twitter, and reiterated that the solution to the current crisis lies in the resignation of the president.

Hale arrived in Haiti last Friday, on his second visit in less than a year, and met with Moïse and representatives of the economic sector.

According to statements by the government, the meeting reaffirmed its commitment to dialogue with all sectors so that peace can return to the country, and announced that initiatives to solve the crisis are multiplying.

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Flights and Cruise Calls to Dominica Resume Following Elections

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The MV Marella Celebration docked at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth today.

ROSEAU, Dominica, Monday
December 9, 2019
– Tourism officials in Dominica declared that the island was
open for business following the general elections, as cruise ships resumed
calls to the country and an airline that had cancelled flights restarted
service.

Leading up to last Friday’s elections in which the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) won a resounding 18-3 victory, there were pockets of unrest, primarily in the villages of Marigot in the northeast and Salisbury in the west of the island.

The disturbances resulted in some road blockages, which
caused delays and inconveniences for people travelling to the airport, although
it remained opened for flights and operated as usual.

Apart from cruise calls being cancelled just ahead of the
polls and then over the weekend, Seaboard Airlines had cancelled two flights
and rescheduled others.

But in a statement issued today, the Discover Dominica
Authority said that now that the elections are over, things are settling down
for normal business to resume.

“Dominica reaffirms that it is open to conduct business and
we welcome all our visitors to enjoy all that the nature island has to offer,”
it said.

The normal cruise schedule recommenced starting today, with
the MV Marella Celebration docked at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth.

Seaborne Airlines also recommenced their normal schedule today.

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Haïti – Sécurité : L’État annonce de nouvelles mesures pour améliorer la sécurité au pays

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Haïti – Sécurité : L’État annonce de nouvelles mesures pour améliorer la sécurité au pays
10/12/2019 09:44:29

Haïti - Sécurité : L’État annonce de nouvelles mesures pour améliorer la sécurité au pays

Lundi en conférence de presse les Secrétaires d’État Ronsard St-Cyr (Sécurité publique) et Eddy Jackson Alexis (Communication) ont annoncé, que de nouvelles mesures sécuritaires avaient été adoptées par l’Exécutif afin d’accompagner la population haïtienne avant, pendant et après les fêtes de fin d’année « Le Ministère de la Justice, celui de l’Intérieur, le Secrétariat de la Sécurité publique et tout l’appareil étatique sont à pied d’œuvre pour assurer la sécurité de la population […] » a précisé Ronsard St-Cyr.

À cet effet, il a indiqué que la présence policière dans la zone métropolitaine et dans plusieurs régions du pays, notamment dans des zones stratégiques et a proximité des écoles avaient été considérablement augmenté.

Il a informé que deux unités spécialisées de la Police Nationale d’Haïti (PNH) : le Corps d’Intervention et de Maintien d’Ordre (CIMO) et de l’Unité Départementale de Maintien de l’Ordre (UDMO) sont positionnés de façon permanente sur la Route Nationale #2 entre Chalon et Petit-Goâve, la Route Nationale #1 entre Cabaret et Arcahaie afin de prévenir les actes de banditisme.

Il a également fait savoir que des mesures de renforcement avait été prise au niveau des zones frontalières pour lutter contre la contrebande d’armes et de munitions sur le territoire…

Concernant les activités des gangs, Ronsard St Cyr a indiqué que les autorités concernées détenaient des informations sur des groupes d’individus armés afin de procéder à leur arrestation au moment opportun…

Quant à l’insécurité croissante au bicentenaire et ses environs, il s’est limité à dire que les autorités policières continuaient de définir des stratégies pour rétablir l’ordre public en évitant des pertes collatérales.

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