Jamaica in global partnership to end abuse against children

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A physically abused child (photo: contest of Amrulqays)

As part of its strategies to end violence against children, Jamaica has joined the Global Partnership which is committed to the implementation of sustainable development goal (SDG) 16.2 which is focused on ending all forms of violence, abuse and exploitation of children. Senior Director, Children’s Affairs and Policy Division, Ministry of Education and Youth (MOEY), Hyacinth Blair, said that by virtue of this global partnership, Jamaica became a Pathfinder country. According to a news release, Pathfinder countries are prepared to stand up for children. They are committed to fast track efforts to make children safe and ensure that child victims of violence are not marginalized in the global development agenda.

Blair, who also provides secretariat support for the National Plan of Action for an Integrated Response to Children and Violence (NPACV), said that these Pathfinder countries are also guided by the INSPIRE strategy, which is a package that is developed by the World Health Organization (WHO). The strategy looks at the implementation and enforcement of laws, norms and values, safe environment for children, parent and caregiver support to develop parent education, Income and economic strengthening, response and support services for victims and perpetrators of violence, and education and life skills. “The Pathfinder countries are also committed to three to five years of accelerated actions towards ending violence against children, and one of those actions is the development of a national plan of action”, Blair pointed out.

The NPACV provides a range of strategies, policies and programmes that have been and are being implemented across not just the public sector but also in non-governmental organisations and key stakeholders in the Child Protection Services. The NPACV is grounded in partnership and coordination with stakeholders and was given Cabinet’s approval in 2019.

The MOEY has overall responsibility for the coordination and implementation of the national plan, guided by an oversight body, the Inter-sectoral Committee on Children and Violence. That oversight body is supported by four technical working groups, which are responsible for tracking the progress of the indicators that are outlined within the national plan, and to forge partnerships and to make policy recommendations. There is the Legal and Policy Technical Working Group; Child Protection, Family and Community; Data Research and Analysis, and the Communications Technical Working Group. Blair stated that these technical working groups’ areas of oversight are aligned to the expected outcomes of the national plan of action.

There are five expected outcomes – having stronger policy and legal and regulatory framework to ensure the protection of children from all forms of violence and abuse; to have improved access to services for children affected by violence; to have stronger families and community, building capacities within families and communities to address issues related to children and violence; enhance public education sensitisation and training in violence prevention, the care of child victims and children’s rights; and the establishment of an integrated framework for the effective coordination, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the national plan of action.

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  1. I agree with Nat this image is inaccurate and insulting. The children being abused in Jamaica are black and the image of the article should reflect that. I would also like it removed or changed to a more suitable image.

  2. Firstly, I would like to address this disingenuous picture you have used to represent your article. This image is not only an egregious misrepresentation of the realities of child abuse in Jamaica it is a direct insult to the thousands of child abuse victims in Jamaica who are BLACK! And by extension, it is an insult to all self-respecting black people. Quite frankly this image is criminal, I don’t know how this passed the editors but what’s more concerning is how a black woman, a potential or current mother of black children, the one who you would expect to be more affectionate, caring, compassionate and sensitive to matters as these would choose an image like this to represent child abuse in Jamaica. There is not one child in Jamaica being abused that looks like the image in your article. This is disgusting, atrocious and criminally offensive, I demand an immediate amendment to a more suitable image. There are more than enough royalty-free stock images of black children on the internet to choose from.
    Secondly, I hope this new partnership will address one of the main vehicles (pun intended) of the mass abuse of Black children in Jamaica, the infamous transport sector. The horrid conditions of the transport sector are exposing our children to all types of sexually explicit, extremely violent and self-demeaning quotidian bombardments of “garbageous” mind-polluting vibrations which some refer to as music. These are played at awfully high levels and glorify the most self-degrading lyrics which among other things invoke listeners with an intense euphoric contentment with being a hypersexualized, impulsive, buffonish “dunce-bat”. This is serious as the minds of our black youth are very impressionable and when this psychological abuse and maltreatment is internalized it will only give birth to further degeneracy within the society. Is it no surprise that we are already seeing the barrage of violent crimes such as robbery, murder, scamming and rape among other crimes happening right in the schools by both male and female students.
    As it stands the virus of the sick society has already infected the vast majority of black children and is now festering into a sore, sucking away their dignity, intelligence and innocence. This is the real pandemic which needs to be immediately addressed if we intend to have a future.

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