UNDP Jamaica leads in the conversation on Men, Masculinities and Gender Based Violence

Jul 14, 2016

On 14 July 2016, UNDP Jamaica organized a Dialogue on Men, Masculinities and Gender Based Violence at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston in keeping with its commitment towards achieving gender equality and to increase understanding on the role of masculinities in Gender based violence in Jamaica. 


The meeting brought together participants from government, United Nations agencies, multilateral agencies, academia and civil society to discuss themes of gender equality, the SDGs, achievement gaps between boys and girls and the meanings of manhood and masculinities and generate fresh insights on this seldom explored topic. The event was moderated by Linette Vassell, Gender Consultant.

The panelists included, Ms. Sharon Robinson, Director of Policy & Research, Bureau of Gender Affairs, Mr Patrick Prendergast , Acting Director, UWI Mona Western Jamaica Campus and Dr. Annecka Marshall of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, Mona Unit.


UNDP’s Deputy Resident Representative, Dr. Elsie Laurence-Chounoune, in her opening remarks, pointed out the importance of addressing gender-based violence, as part of the sustainable development goals. Dr. Laurence-Chounoune reiterated the emphasis of the SDGs that no one be left behind, as the successful implementation of SDGs will depend on the inclusiveness of both women and men.


Ms. Robinson outlined the national efforts to eliminate gender-based violence and described the major pillars of the national policy for gender equality. Dr. Marshall spoke on the link between gender and the SDGs, specifically Goal 5 - Achieve Gender Equality and Empower all Women and Girls. Dr. Marshall underscored that the achievement of goal 5 was integral to the successful achievement of all the SDGs. The Sustainable Development Goals adopted in September 2015 include a target to end gender-based violence by 2030. They also include targets on violence against women; trafficking, violence and torture against children; sexual violence in conflict and other harmful practices. Mr. Patrick Prendergast, Acting Director, UWI Western Jamaica Campus, delivered a thought provoking presentation on the changing nature of men and masculinities and the assumed power and privilege of manhood.

The meeting concluded with an open conversation as several members of the audience exchanged their views on Men, Masculinities and Gender Based Violence, leading to a vibrant end to the afternoon's proceedings. 


The event was organized as one of the strategies undertaken in the country office's bid to attain the Gender Equality Seal. Jamaica is among the 30+ UNDP country offices participating in this round of the Gender Equality Seal project, which rewards UNDP country teams for their work towards gender equality through the use of mainstreaming and other strategies.  The country office has hosted several internal learning sessions 

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