Canada donates JMD 21 million in Jamaica to support women impacted by gender-based violence

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Canadian High Commissioner Tudakovic and Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport (MCGES) sign the ceremonial document for Canada’s support to the national shelter project.

By High Commission of Canada in Jamaica

JAMAICA / CANADA  – The government of Canada, through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) has donated JMD 21 Million [CAD 170,000] to the Bureau of Gender Affairs and seven local organizations to support various community-based projects including Gender-Based Violence (GBV) interventions and the COVID-19 response.

The GBV funding will go to support interventions that prevent violence against women and girls, help victims and survivors access safe spaces, provide entrepreneurship opportunities, skills building, mental health services, and counselling.

At the official launch and showcase, held earlier today, High Commissioner of Canada to Jamaica, Emina Tudakovic, said:

“Sexual and gender-based violence in all its forms is always unacceptable. Canada remains committed to work to eliminate this violence, support survivors and hold perpetrators to account.  We believe that this begins with gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.”

At the launch, the Bureau of Gender Affairs was officially handed over $3,075,000.00 to strengthen the economic and psychosocial support offered at National Shelters. The minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport, Olivia Grange, received the cheque donation.

“I am very happy to have been involved in today’s launching of the CFLI, the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport (MCGES) remains committed to building on the strong partnership and we are looking forward to seeing the impacts of the project on the ground. More than ever we are also grateful of the funding received to support the Bureau’s work against gender-based violence. The ministry remains committed to maintaining this strong relationship between Canada and Jamaica” said the minister.

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Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport (MCGES) and Canadian High Commissioner, Her Excellency, Emina Tudakovic, hold a symbolic cheque of Can$25,000, representing support to the National Shelter project. The presentation was made at the recent launch of the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives held at the High Commission. Joining in the photo are Dr Tameka Peart, Director of National Shelter Program and Sharon Cockburn Robinson, Acting Director, Bureau of Gender Affairs.

The eight project recipients, including the Bureau of Gender Affairs, will implement activities to address social and economic issues arising from the pandemic for the 2021 to 2022 period.

The seven local organizations are:

  • International Women’s Coffee Alliance
  • South East Cockpit Country Local Forest Management Committee
  • Grants Mountain Local Forest Management Committee
  • Transwave
  • The Peace Management Initiative
  • Women of Destiny
  • Northgate Youth and Family Development Foundation

Northgate Youth and Family Development Foundation and Women of Destiny will implement awareness-building activities for GBV issues through forums targeting the business community, other key stakeholders and communities on the north coast.

TransWave Jamaica, through a series of business development workshops and an incubator program, will enable transgender persons to establish businesses while receiving support from a wide coalition of partners through forums and other networking events.

From the start of the pandemic, the government of Canada has taken swift measures to support local organizations providing essential supports and services to women and their families experiencing GBV. Canada will continue to support those impacted by COVID-19 by providing funding to the International Women’s Coffee Alliance, South East Cockpit Country Local Forest Management Committee and Grants Mountain Local Forest Management Committee.

The Canada Fund supports small-scale, high-impact projects in developing countries, which align with Canada’s priority areas for international engagement. Projects are selected and approved by the High Commission of Canada in Jamaica.

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