Global Part­ner­ship to as­sist Ja end violence against chil­dren

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Jodi-Ann Gilpin Gleaner Writer

DEEP-ROOTED so­cial is­sues that con­tinue to plague the so­ci­ety, in ad­di­tion to hor­rific in­ci­dents of violence against chil­dren, are among sev­eral prob­lems Prime Min­is­ter Andrew Hol­ness ex­pects to be ad­dressed fol­low­ing yes­ter­day’s launch of the Global Part­ner­ship to end violence among youth.

Hol­ness in­di­cated that on­go­ing cul­tural prac­tices such as cor­po­ral pun­ish­ment are part of a va­ri­ety of fac­tors that have con­trib­uted to is­sues of abuse, which many chil­dren en­counter on a daily ba­sis.

“Violence has be­come nor­malised in so­ci­ety. Un­for­tu­nately, it is part of our so­cial in­ter­ac­tion,” he said while ad­dress­ing an au­di­ence at the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter in St Andrew.

COR­PO­RAL PUN­ISH­MENT

“Amaz­ingly, when I was at the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, I took it unto my­self to ad­dress the is­sue of cor­po­ral pun­ish­ment and there were some par­ents in Ja­maica who felt of­fended by this,” added Hol­ness, who has pre­vi­ously served as min­is­ter of ed­u­ca­tion.

“There were some teach­ers who thought that I was try­ing to take from them the tool that they re­lied on for so long to main­tain or­der in their class­room, and there are many Ja­maicans who think like that. Not to men­tion those moth­ers who close their eyes to the abuse of their daugh­ters by men who they know but rely on them for economic cir­cum­stances.”

Mak­ing ref­er­ence to a re­port re­leased this week by Amnesty In­ter­na­tional, which highlights

Violence has be­come nor­malised in so­ci­ety. Un­for­tu­nately, it is part of our so­cial in­ter­ac­tion.

fears that cit­i­zens ex­pe­ri­ence in their in­ter­ac­tion with the po­lice force, the prime min­is­ter stressed that there has to be a level of ur­gency from all stake­hold­ers to deal with vi­o­lent in­ci­dents.

“The chal­lenge we face in grow­ing our econ­omy is not sim­ply an economic prob­lem.

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