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The Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Vanessa Llewellyn - the first woman to be appointed to that Office in Jamaica, promotes SDG16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

  Promoting Women’s Political Participation

UNDP provided support to the research, conceptualisation and dissemination of the “Where are the Women”, A study of Women, Politics, Parliaments and Equality in the CARICOM Countries - Jamaica Case Study, as well as the organisation of the Launch of this publication.

This report, a 2015 UNDP commissioned publication, is the product of a regional analysis examining the presence of women in decision-making positions in CARICOM countries and the relationship between their presence in politics and institutions and national advances on gender equality.

The study was conducted as a desk review of available information and data on women, parliaments and gender equality to analyse women’s political participation at the local and national levels for the period between 2000 and 2013. Data from outside this period was also included to get as broad a picture as possible of women’s political participation.

The Jamaica Case Study provides (i) an overview of Jamaica’s political and electoral system and the context that influences women’s political participation in the country, (ii) a picture of women’s participation to date in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government as well as national and subnational political spheres, and (iii) a review of women’s power in influencing, promoting and contributing to gender equality and the empowerment of women, including women’s participation in political parties, parliament, parliamentary committees, as well as the role and influence of women’s political caucuses, women’s organisations and the gender bureau.

The publication launch was attended by key ministers including three of the then newly appointed female political decision-makers[1]. It included a panel discussion with key stakeholders including representatives from the Bureau of Gender Affairs, UN Women, academia, civil society groups. Participants shared their views on women’s participation in politics and decision-making highlighting the findings of the research as well as to discussing the ways to follow-up and implement the recommendations.


Launch “ Where are the Women?” on International Women’s Day


[1] Such as the Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sport, Attorney General, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade



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