Jamaica is facing one of the most crucial times in its history with unprecedented acts of violence against women and girls.
Families across the country are grappling with the loss of women and teenage girls who have been brutally murdered.
The fierce urgency of Now has given rise to Women’s March Jamaica Movement, founded by Miss Natalee Stack, Jamaican author and blogger, in response to the assault on women and teenage girls across the island.
Violence against women and girls has become a national crisis. The nature of the crimes have become more barbaric and frequent; women in Jamaica are becoming an endangered species.
The rape, stabbing and burning of 14-year-old Yetanya Francis will be remembered as the most gruesome attack on a teenage girl in our history. Shortly after Yetanya’s death, reports surfaced that the skeleton remains found soaked in a chemical in a bathtub were that of thirteen-year-old Shanoya Wray.
How can we forget Charmaine Rattray and her 19-year-old daughter of Spanish Town, both beheaded in 2011? There are too many similar cases to mention, many of which remain unsolved.
Women’s March Jamaica launch is the official introduction of the Movement to Jamaica to raise social awareness and get the nation involved. We have invited women, men, political and legal consultants with the same concerns to share their ideas on how we can collectively push the government to pass a gender-specific Legislation to better protect women and girls in Jamaica.
We are currently organising a mass march for International Women’s Day March 2019.
Women and teenage girls are the primary caregivers to our nation’s children. We have seen the marches, protests, and have made the appeal to the perpetrators of these heinous crimes. Now we must turn to the government and appeal for legislative action—the ‘Violence Against Women Act’.
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