JLP women’s organizations call for more action to address violence against girls and women
The Jamaica Labour Party women’s organizations, are calling for more to be done to address violence against girls and women.
The call follows reports that a male student at the University of the West Indies Mona campus held a female student against her will, in his room for three days and also assaulted her.
The incident occurred at one of the institution’s halls of residence, between Monday, February 6 and Thursday, February 9.
It’s reported that the female was burnt all over her body.
The accused, 20-year-old Matthew Hyde, has been charged with assault, occasioning grievous, bodily harm.
The UWI says it is investigating the incident.
In a statement last evening, the women’s organizations said there is a need for more than outrage, therefore several actions should be taken.
These include the examination of the school curriculum to identify and exclude any language which could be taken as violent whether gender-based or otherwise and for greater focus to be placed on mediation and restorative justice at the community level.
Senator Natalie Campbell Rodrigues told Irie Fm news that parliament also needs to complete amendments to several pieces of legislation, including the domestic violence act, within the next 8 months.
She also urged everyone to condemn gender-based violence.