Country Jamaica
Year 2016
Type of Measure Institutional mechanisms
Form of Violence Violence against women and girls

Brief Description

The Bureau of Women’s Affairs (BWA) was renamed as the Bureau of Gender Affairs (BGA) in 2016, by the Cabinet Decision No. 8/16 on March 21, 2016. This rebranding served to ensure a more inclusive approach to combating violence, advance gender equality, and promote a gender sensitive approach to achievement of balanced economic growth as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The BGA facilitated seventeen sensitization sessions on Sexual Harassment enhancing knowledge of 346 workers (237 women; 109 men) for the Jan – Dec 2018/Jan-Mar 2019 periods. During Jan – Dec 2017, 11 workplace sensitization sessions were conducted with a total of 452 persons (295 females and 157 males), who now have an improved knowledge of the issue of sexual harassment. For the Jan –Dec 2016 period, twelve (12) sessions were conducted impacting 671 participants - 536 females and 135 males. Four (4) organizations to date (Civil Aviation Authority, INDECOM, Jamaica Mortgage Bank, Urban Development Corporation) have been assisted in creating workplace policies. 

Source of Information

Jamaica's submission for National Review for Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, Beijing+25, 2019, p.8 and p.98