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June 2014 Newsletter

Posted on Jun 23, 2014

June 2014 Newsletter

This Edition   Johnson & Johnson Sponsored Gender Based violence Education Workshop Series Woman Inc Joins Civil Society Partners in Policy Monitoring Workshops Spotlight on the Crisis Centre: Interview with Outreach Counselor Angela Hall-Ingram Woman Inc Website Launches this Month

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April 2014 Newsletter

Posted on Jun 18, 2014

April 2014 Newsletter

This edition: Woman Inc Founding Chapter Joins Jamaican Government Delegation at UN Commission on Status of Women Woman Inc Participates in Caribbean Conference on Domestic Violence and Gender Inequality National Sensitisation Sessions on Gender Equality Completed Public Information Booth Held on International Women’s Day

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30th Anniversary Newsletter

Posted on Feb 16, 2014

30th Anniversary Newsletter

Woman Inc. celebrated 30 years on Feb. 16, 2014 with a church service at the Bethel Baptist Church. Three decades of empowering women, with more to come. We thank and encourage you to continue being better women. Please click image to view full...

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Jarrett: Investing in women will benefit society greatly

Posted on Dec 5, 2013

Jarrett: Investing in women will benefit society greatly

Jamaica Observer IMPROVING the circumstances of women in Jamaica will benefit all sectors of the society, according to Earl Jarrett, general manager of Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS). Speaking at the 40th annual Dr Ena Thomas Memorial Fellows Banquet at the Jamaica Pegasus recently, Jarrett said that “women are important agents of change, and an investment in women is by extension an investment in changing the overall outcomes of a nation.” In this regard he said that “a laser-sharp focus on women” would be essential in improving the sexual health awareness of the nation. Jarrett said that one of the key ways of improving sexual health awareness is “to empower and in some instances, reinforce the message to women so that they have the power to make decisions about their sexual choices and health.” Pointing to a 1995/1996 study entitled Sexual Attitudes & Behaviour Among Young Adolescents in Jamaica, Jarrett noted that 40 per cent of Jamaican women have been pregnant at least once before they reach the age of 20 and more than 80 per cent of adolescent pregnancies are unplanned. He said that “there are many unwanted sex acts, unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases”, and women in Jamaica should be encouraged to “be active negotiators in their sexual health choices”. This would result in less pressure on our health systems due to a growing population and fewer economic challenges in managing and maintaining physically and financially healthier families. Jarrett called for increased focus on the education of women which he predicted “will have a ripple effect across all facets of life — improved economic circumstances for the family, the education of children, and a general improvement in the social fabric of our society.” He said that looking across Jamaica’s professional landscape, “it is clear that some women are making the choice to exercise control over their sexual health and are choosing education as their main priority; making decisions such as pursuing post-graduate studies; delaying having children; home acquisitions and real economic and social decisions that can have an impact on our nation overall and improve the quality of life in Jamaica.” Young girls should also be encouraged to adopt this approach, Jarrett said, as he “commended organisations like the Rural Support Organisation, successive governments and other agencies that have worked hard and continue to work hard to ensure that young girls have a fighting chance to be successful — even those young girls who get pregnant while in school are given an opportunity to continue their education.” Noting that young girls who get pregnant are often forced to temporarily or permanently halt educational pursuits while the males continue unheeded, Mr. Jarrett said, “This must stop. We must give our women and young girls an equal opportunity to move forward.” He hailed Cabinet’s recent approval of the “policy on the re-integration of adolescent mothers into the formal education system.” Pointing to the need for women to be discerning in the selection of partners and in negotiating sexual decisions, Mr. Jarrett said that “achieving the required level of confidence will not take place when popular media and entertainment continue to commoditise women, thereby reducing their overall value within the society.” He said that newspapers continue to objectify women and some corporate entities use women to promote products in a manner that is not wholesome and uplifting. Jarrett said that “as a society we can make a change by insisting that our women be given the appropriate level of respect, by withholding our support for products which undermine women, by withholding our support for the music, by seeking to...

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December 2013 newsletter

Posted on Dec 1, 2013

December 2013 newsletter

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Woman Inc. To Re-launch Legal Aid Clinic During 16 Days Of Activism Against Gender Based Violence

Posted on Nov 20, 2013

Woman Inc. is pleased to announce the re-launch of the Woman Inc. Legal Aid Clinic offered to clients of the Crisis Centre and Shelter. The re-launch of the Woman Inc. Legal Aid Clinic will take place during the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence which is Observed each year beginning on IDEVAW (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women)- November 25 and ending on December 10, International Human Rights Day. In keeping with this year’s theme adopted at CSW- the UN Commission on the Status of women “Ending violence against women and girls” the hallmark of the Woman Inc Legal Aid Clinic is to ensure that women are aware of their rights to protection under the law. The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. Participants chose the dates, November 25 and December 10 in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights. Since 1991, the 16 Days Campaign has given the world a time to come together and take action to end violence against women and girls The 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including December 1, which is World AIDS Day. In recent past Woman Inc has held consultations and seminars regarding the links between Gender based violence and HIV/AIDS in observance of IDEVAW and the 16 days campaign. Woman Inc. is a voluntary, non-profit, non-governmental organisation, founded in 1984 that draws upon the creative energies of women from all walks of life and is dedicated to providing assistance to victims of rape, incest, domestic violence, domestic crisis and sexual harassment at the workplace. Services consist of The Crisis Centre, a Crisis Shelter, and a 24-hour Hotline (929-2997). The Organisation is committed to strengthening the Jamaican woman through public education and by advocating for legislative change. The re-launch of the Woman Inc Legal Aid Clinic will help achieve that...

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