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le­gal sanc­tions can at­tach.

Michelle Obama re­minded us that we have come a far way from “... back in [the] day [when] the boss could do what­ever he pleased to the women in the of­fice, and even though they worked so hard, jumped over ev­ery hur­dle to prove them­selves, it was never enough.” Women are en­ti­tled to speak up with­out fear of dis­crim­i­na­tion, be­cause there is a Char­ter of Rights and Fun­da­men­tal Free­doms in the Ja­maican Con­sti­tu­tion that (among other things) pro­tects women against dis­crim­i­na­tion on the ba­sis of their gen­der.

When Michelle Obama said, “we as women have all the power we need to de­ter­mine the out­come of ... elec­tion[s] ...”, it re­minds us that Ja­maican women have the hard-earned right to vote. Fur­ther, it is not a right to be tri­fled with, be­cause it gives women the right to choose the lead­ers of our coun­try who rep­re­sent and pro­tect the val­ues that we hold dear.

I hope that my read­ers will take the op­por­tu­nity to read or lis­ten to the en­tire speech and ap­ply the rel­e­vant as­pects of it to their own lives to strengthen and em­power all women to stand up, speak up, and spread the word that there will be no tol­er­ance for be­hav­iour and com­ments that de­mor­alise women.

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