By OPM Communications Unit – March 8, 2014
Since the turn of the 20th century, the 8th of March has been observed in the majority of democratic societies as the day to recall the struggles for the removal of systemic barriers against womanhood and for equality, human rights and justice for every woman and girl.
On this International Women’s Day, being observed under the theme “Equality for women is progress for all: Inspiring Change”, I salute the resilience of our women and the role they play in the development agenda and the socio-cultural aspirations of the Jamaican people.
Jamaica has had a long and distinguished involvement with the global movement for improving the status of women and can take pride in its leadership and meaningful participation in the associated initiatives at the level of the United Nations and regional bodies, including CARICOM. We have ratified all the major human rights conventions that focus on the status of women and girls; established strong national strategies, social interventions and enacted ground-breaking legislation to empower our women and allow them to develop their full potential.
These achievements notwithstanding, challenges still remain including acts of physical, sexual and emotional abuse; poverty that impacts the life chances of many families, and the frightening incidences of murder and other violent attacks on our women and girls. While we can declare ‘we have come a long way’, we must also admit that we ‘have further to go’ in order to achieve true gender equality.
This article was taken from the Jamaica Information Service Website – http://www.jis.gov.jm/
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By Latonya Linton – November 29, 2013.
Charitable organisations that wish to benefit from tax exemptions or other statutory relief must register with the relevant authority in order to access such benefit.
This was stated by Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Senator Mark Golding, in the Senate on Thursday, November 28, in response to a comment by Opposition Senator, Alexander Williams, during debate on the Charities Act 2013. The Bill, which was passed, provides for the regulation of all charitable bodies intending to, or are already operating in Jamaica.
A key part of the Extended Fund Facility between Jamaica and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the legislation makes provision for the establishment of a comprehensive legal and institutional framework and will facilitate the registration, regulation, administration and governance of the private voluntary sector operating in Jamaica.
This article was taken from the Jamaica Information Service Website – http://jis.gov.jm/
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