Jamaica First National Survey on Gender-Based Violence Launched

 (Center) Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, UN Women MCO Representative Alison McLean and UN Women Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean Luiza Carvalho with (from left) Mr. Rohan Richards, Chief Technical Director, Ministry of National Security, Ms. Jennifer McDonald Executive Director of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica; Her Excellency Laurie Peters, High Commissioner of Canada in Jamaica and • Ms. Camila Mejia Giraldo, Modernisation of the State Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) / Photo credit: UN Women Caribbean

More than 1 in every 4 women in Jamaica has experienced intimate partner physical and sexual violence in their lifetime. The first comprehensive Jamaica national survey on gender-based violence revealed a prevalence of 27.8 per cent women affected. Additionally, 1 of every 4 women (25.2 per cent) has experienced physical violence alone at the hands of a male partner.

Global estimates show that 1 in 3 women worldwide experiences either physical and/or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner at some point in their lives.

The Jamaica Women’s Health Survey (JWHS) was conducted using the CARICOM model which is a region-specific adaptation of the original WHO (World Health Organization) global model for assessing the prevalence of GBV. Read more >>>