Ro­tary Clubs peace con­fer­ence set for Jan­uary

Jamaica Gleaner - - GROWTH & JOBS - Clau­dia Gard­ner As­sign­ment Co­or­di­na­tor

Par­tic­i­pants in the re­cent anti-vi­o­lence con­sul­ta­tion in Ne­gril. THE RO­TARY Club of Wash­ing­ton, D.C. has part­nered with the Ro­tary Clubs of Ne­gril and Lucea to spear­head a se­ries of con­sul­ta­tions with stake­hold­ers in west­ern Ja­maica, ahead of a pro­posed one-day peace and con­flict skills-build­ing con­fer­ence set for Jan­uary 2017.

The first of the con­sul­ta­tions was staged re­cently at the Trav­ellers Beach Re­sort in Ne­gril and saw ap­prox­i­mately 30 par­tic­i­pants from var­i­ous groups, from Hanover and West­more­land, in at­ten­dance.

“Data re­leased by the Ja­maica Con­stab­u­lary Force show that three of four parishes in west­ern Ja­maica, that is, West­more­land, Hanover and St James, have seen a spike in mur­ders for the first half of the year, when com­pared to the same pe­riod last year,” youth pro­grammes rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Ro­tary Club of Ne­gril, An­gela Haye, said.

“The data show that this year, West­more­land has recorded an al­most 100 per cent in­crease in mur­ders. St. James has the se­cond-high­est move­ment, and Hanover also has sig­nif­i­cant in­crease. Against the back­drop of vi­o­lence and killings of our young men, women and chil­dren in west­ern Ja­maica, the cause for con­cern is paramount. The project is aimed at en­abling com­mu­ni­ties to strengthen and ex­pand their abil­ity to pre­vent and re­solve dis­putes, thus the in­volve­ment of the com­mu­nity from day one to plan ahead for the Jan­uary con­fer­ence,” she added.

Ear­lier this year, Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Dr Carl Wil­liams said do­mes­tic dis­putes that turn deadly are among the main rea­sons for the hike in the mur­der rate this year. UNICEF also noted in one of its re­cent re­ports, that in Ja­maica, nearly onequar­ter of all mur­ders in the past three years were a re­sult of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

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