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Security | GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

Review legislation on Sexual Offences, Domestic Violence and Child care and Protection

In progress

Source: Jamaica Labour Party Manifesto pg.43 February 18, 2016

Tuesday May 9, 2017 | Jamaica Observer

Review of Sexual Offences Act resumes Tuesday

A joint select committee of Parliament will today resume its review of the Sexual Offences Act and other legislation focusing on violence against women, children, the elderly, and people living disabilities.The original committee, which was chaired by former Minister of Justice Senator Mark Golding, started meeting in September 2014 and held its last meeting in November 2014 . A new committee was appointed in December 2016 to resume the task, which started meeting in January but had to postpone further meetings pending the passing of the budget.

The new committee is chaired by the Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck, and includes Minister of Culture, Gender Entertainment and Sport, Olivia “Babsy” Grange; Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, and minister of state in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Floyd Green.

Based on a motion from Senator Johnson Smith, which was approved by the Senate in 2014, the committee has been looking at specific issues such as the murder of pregnant women; assault of women, children and the elderly; sexual offences against women, children, the disabled and the elderly; and buggery legislation