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Grange offers to help Jamaican men perform as fathers

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, says her ministry is committed to giving Jamaican men the requisite support to perform their role as fathers.

“Men must not only be seen as providers or disciplinarians in the family, they also have a critical role as nurturers,” Grange told the House of Representatives yesterday, in an International Men's Day message.

She cautioned, however, that while Jamaica can be proud of the positive value that its men bring to their families, communities and the country each day, there were many others who were failing and need the intervention.

“We lose too many of our men to gangs and violence, to homicides, to incarceration, to suicides, to homelessness and to preventable diseases such as prostate cancer,” she noted.

She pointed out that a Men's Desk, established a few years ago in the former Bureau of Women's Affairs, has been expanded to the Men's Department at the re-purposed Bureau of Gender Affairs to give men support.

“We want to boost the participation of fathers in the household, particularly in the nurturing of their children, and that is why we are also championing the Paternity Leave policy through the Bureau of Gender Affairs. I invite men and women to participate in consultations today and during the next few months towards the development of the policy,” Grange added.

“I'm sure the whole House will join me in commending our men, young and old, who continue to give of themselves in the building of our nation — they are the role models who we are happy to celebrate on International Men's Day and every day,” she stated.

International Men's Day (IMD) is an annual international event celebrated every year on November 19. Inaugurated in 1992, on February 7, by Thomas Oaster, the project of International Men's Day was conceived one year earlier, and was re-initialised in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago.

Balford Henry

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