End Violence Against Children
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Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children Launched in Jamaica
On Thursday, November 24, 2016, Jamaica launched the Campaign Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. The Prime Minister, The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, along with government ministers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; Ministry of Education, Youth and Information; Ministry of National Security; Ministry of Justice; and the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports, endorsed the importance of the partnership to Jamaica’s children.
The Prime Minister in his address to the gathering stressed that there has to be a level of urgency from all stakeholders to deal with violent incidents:
"The challenge we face in growing our economy is not simply an economic problem. We have some deep-seated social issues, which act as a constraint. We have to confront it. The use of violence in our society has to go."
In the meantime, the Government of Jamaica signaled its intention to keep national and international commitments to protect children. Prime Minister Holness said the Government is committed to promoting and protecting the rights of children and is in full support of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children Initiative. The launch of the partnership brought together government officials; children agencies, private sector Foundations, the UN, the Planning Institute, the church, civil society, academia, the private sector and young people, all geared to driving action toward achieving the new global target to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children. The launch saw participants sign inspire cards where they identified how they and their organizations would support the implementation of the global INSPIRE strategies. The theme “Violence is Preventable – a Unity is Key” permeated all the discussions.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith and the Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, the Honourable Floyd Green was the Chairpersons of the National Steering Committee. The first meeting will look at work plans and develop the road map to guide the work to reduce violence against children.