United States Ambassador to Jamaica Luis G. Moreno hosted a reception on November 13, to highlight the important work being done by Woman Inc. across the island. Woman Inc. addresses the needs of victims of rape, incest and domestic violence, assists victims of human-trafficking and supports persons living with HIV/AIDS.
In his remarks Ambassador Moreno expressed his personal and unwavering support to women affected by gender-based violence (GBV) and reiterated the US Embassy’s desire to partner with the people and Government of Jamaica to eliminate all forms of violence against women. He made specific mention of the Embassy’s work through the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement in collaboration with the UK High Commission to fund GBV sensitivity training for members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. Additionally, he praised the initiative by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to fund FiWi Jamaica, a program that will provide much-needed services to GBV victims. USAID will also fund renovations toWoman Inc’s Crisis Shelter, to better support persons in need. The Ambassador urged persons to get involved in the fight against GBV to generate the positive change needed.
Past President of Woman Inc Joyce Hewett spoke passionately about the work and impact of the organization since its inception in 1985. Ms. Hewett said “now, more than ever, it is imperative to bring to the forefront the consequences of gender based violence, which are emotional, psychological, physical, economic and political.” In thanking Woman Inc.’s supporters, Hewett called on all to reduce incidences of GBV by recognizing the problem, becoming agents of change, and breaking the code of silence.
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