Calls for protection of girls as world celebrates International Day of Girl Child
Saturday, October 11, 2014 | 12:22 PM Â Â Â
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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Information Minister Sandra Faulkner has said that as Jamaica joins the world in celebrating International Day of Girl Child today, efforts must be made to protect girls from all forms of violence.
She said: “Jamaica is pleased to join the global reflection and recommitment to creating a world where our girls can live free of violence and achieve their full potential.”
The information minister said latest figures on the abuse of girls in the 2013 Report of the Office of the Children’s Registry show a 26 per cent increase in the number of reported cases, totaling 11,018. She said girls accounted for 57 per cent of the reported cases; 100 per cent of trafficking cases involved girls, while girls accounted for 51 per cent of physical abuse victims and 92 per cent of sexual abuse cases.
In light of the figures, Faulkner stressed that violence against children and girls remain too “pervasive and at unacceptable levels and when the long-term scars from violence and abuse are taken into consideration, the end result must be an inability by those affected to lead wholesome adult lives”.
She said this amounts to a catastrophic loss of human potential and “protecting girls from all forms of violence is therefore an urgent and necessary step in achieving our development goals”.
“Provision of adequate services, appropriate legislation and comprehensive prevention efforts, including public education, must continue,” Faulkner said.
“Let this International Day of the Girl Child with its focus on violence against girls be an opportunity for us to step up collective action to break the cycle of violence against girls. Let us all say ‘no more, no more violence against our women and girls’ and help to build a better, safer, healthier and more prosperous Jamaica,” she added.
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