- Olivia Grange, Canada’s Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sport, says Canada’s $21 million commitment to women’s empowerment initiatives will “immensely” help victims of domestic violence.
- The Canadian High Commission in Jamaica selects and approves projects.
Minister Grange stated the money was given to the Bureau of Gender Affairs (BGA) and seven local organizations by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) to assist various community-based projects at a handover ceremony at the Canadian High Commission in St Andrew on December 6. Gender-based violence (GBV) interventions and the coronavirus (COVID-19) response are two examples of initiatives that will “decrease gender inequality.”
“This initiative will greatly help peace and restoration for several survivors of gender-based violence and women-led community groups,” said the minister, adding that it will also boost local government and community governance systems.
The BGA received $3,075,000 to increase the economic and psychosocial support provided at the country’s national shelters. From 2021 to 2022, all recipient groups, including the BGA, will execute efforts to address social and economic challenges stemming from the pandemic.
The International Women’s Coffee Alliance, the South East Cockpit Country Local Forest Management Committee. The Grants Mountain Local Forest Management Committee, Transwave, The Peace Management Initiative, Women of Destiny. The Northgate Youth and Family Development Foundation are among the other organizations involved.
Miss Grange informed her audience, “The Government remains dedicated to strengthening civil society as important players in Jamaica’s development, offering greater protection for women and girls.”
Her Excellency Emina Tudakovic, the Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica, said the program is aimed at “achieving real impact at the community level,” as well as sharing and building on “important work that we have been doing” to speed up the action and enhance the “collective important work,” she said.
The event also served as the formal kickoff and commemoration of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence and Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
Small-scale, high-impact projects in developing countries that coincide with Canada’s thematic priority areas for involvement are supported by the Canada Fund.
Source: jamaica News