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Monday, October 16, 2006 

Sexual Violence against Women and Girls in Jamaica: “Just a Little Sex”
The absolute necessity to advance human rights, and in particular the advancements of women’s right to gender equality have been a critical component behind the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

Within this framework there is a broad recognition of the importance of gender equality as an effective mean to combat poverty, hunger and disease, and at the same time also maintain equilibrium to attain sustainable development goals.

It goes without saying that gender equality is a cross-cutting concern which brings together obligations and commitments from governments in the adoption of policies and regulations comprehensive enough to carry-out strategies, consultations about the development of objectives and implementation of gender-sensitive targets.

And in this paper by Amnesty International, the phenomenon behind sexual violence against girls and women in Jamaica is confronted in the lights of increased breaches and shortcomings in national legislation to address matters of marital rapes, incest and sexual harassment.

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