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jay

1. Access the comprehensive sexual health education and services that take into account youth diversity

2. Quality Health care must be affordable  and support across the board also mental health and nutrition etc.

3. Harmful laws, practices, policies and programmes that do not support all young peoples holistic health development must be done away with.

4. Gender equity and equality must be a sustainable feature

5. Governments must honour regional and international declarations that were ratified that protect and support in young peoples health

6. Direct investment in SRHR …

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jay

1. Access to quality and affordable education must be a reality for young people that take into account youth diversity, abilities and varied learning styles

2. Integrated approach to education across sectors such as health and education

3. Youth rights to complete information and skills in their best interest must be given to them

3. Lifeskills, mental health and nutition must support education

4. Increased availability of grants/financing for funding

5. Any goal on education must include specific means to address the social, cultural and community practices that prevent girls, …

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jay

1. Exploration of cultural industries, ICT and science to create diverse industries and employment as well as linkages

2. Readily available access to low interest loans and funding for comprehsensive business plans

3.Education on PESTEL factors that influence productivity and to mitigate against external/internal shocks

4. Ensure that productivity is supported by cross sectors such as health, education and justice.

5.Any goal on employment must include specific means to address the social, cultural and community practices that prevent girls, adolescent and women across the life course from accessing and …

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1. Civil society …people must be at the center of development irrespective of their backgrounds. They have to be involved at all levels (people participation)

2. There is a greater need for young people and women’s involvement in governance at different levels to help drive policies that impact that.

3. Gender equality and equity needs a greater presence in politics and governance, we do not have enough women in critical decision making processes.

4. Politics and governance should ensure that at all times their actions are in the best …

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The Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network’s online Petition to the Minister of Health is timely as government has been dragging its feet in addressing swiftly the need to  have congruent laws and policies that would seek to promote and protect the sexual reproductive health and rights  of young people in Jamaica. The Government is a signatory to several ratified international treaties or conventions such as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and CEDAW. The petition therefore calls on the Minister and by extension the government to honour these international

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I am extremely saddened and distraught as I continue to see how our youth are being treated. The OCR has reported that there is an increase in reported cases of child abuse since January 2013. There have been some 3,000 reported cases of child abuse. This is an approximate increase of some 300 from 2,700 during the corresponding period last year. This has to be of high concern as there are still challenges with under reporting in several instances. It is therefore quite clear that our children may be very

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What is the context in which we operate when it come on to youth?

  • Youth aged 10-24 comprise nearly a third of Jamaica’s  Population (PIOJ)
  • Adolescent and youth are at the highest risk for contracting HIV
  • Sexual initiation on average for males (14.4) and females both below the age of consent (16)
  • Globally at least 2,400 young people ( 15-24)  were infected each day with HIV in 2011
  • Young people (15-24) account for some 40 % of all new HIV infections
  • The KABP of 2012 revealed that s

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As I reviewed the estimates of expenditure for the Ministry of Youth and Culture 2012/2013, it is quite clear that funding is inadequate but also set out in a ‘silo’ manner. I simply do not get the feeling that the budgets being done over the years offer clear linkages across sectors, agencies and ministries. I will admit that line items present can be linked in some way however, to what extent does realistic integrated budgeting occur? What is the youth involvement like in crafting budgets that will impact on …

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As we celebrate 50 years of Independence this year, the big question on everyone’s mind is whether we have achieved anything in our 50 years of independence.

To be fair, we have had improvements in several areas since independence, including health care, foreign direct investments, infrastructure, sports, tourism, etc.

Humans for Equality Leadership and Prosperity (HELP), however, believes several factors have negated the positive impact and equal distribution of resources for the people of the country, which should have been ultimately for their benefit.

These are:

1. The lack …

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Child Month over the last decade has been perhaps on record, some of the most memorable in recent history and, unfortunately, not in a positive light. From the \’revelations\’ of rapes, to physical abuse, to incest relationships and the emergence of \’homophobic bullying\’ and the list goes on.

The organisation Humans for Equality Leadership and Prosperity (HELP) has made note and appreciates the strides the society has been making as it relates to increased reporting. However, we believe that this is still insufficient. The \’informa-fi-dead\’ culture has done us …

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Jamaica ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in 1991. In doing so the country pledged to the international community to respect, protect, promote and fulfill the civil, economic, social and political rights of its child citizens. These rights are broken down into 3 main areas which include:
1. Provision – the right to possess, receive or have access to certain things or services. 2. The right to be shielded from harmful acts and practices and
3. Participation- the child has a right …

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Jamaica ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in 1991. In doing so the country pledged to the international community to respect, protect, promote and fulfill the civil, economic, social and political rights of its child citizens. These rights are broken down into 3 main areas which include:
1. Provision – the right to possess, receive or have access to certain things or services. 2. The right to be shielded from harmful …

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It is no secret that international funding is severely being affected by the harsh economic conditions now being face globally by many countries. I am quite sure many persons have heard of the ‘fiscal cliff’ in the United States of America where budgetary cuts would be made across sectors and in this the international funding would not be spared. We must recall that the US is the single largest contributor to international funding for various programs as it relates to relief and HIV/AIDs etc. It is interesting that many …