KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Police Monday morning found a Glock 9mm pistol hidden in a garbage bin in Olympic Gardens, Kingston 11.
The Olympic Gardens Police report that about 11:45 am, lawmen acting on information conducted an operation in the area. A garbage bin was searched during the operation and the weapon was found inside ...more »
MANY of the island's HIV and other STI prevention programmes are being stymied by violence meted out to women by their male spouses, and this should not be the case, urged Angela Clarke, representative from rights group, Woman Incorporated (Woman Inc) Speaking with the Jamaica Observer yesterday, Clarke said that in many cases women - especially those from inner-city communities - are forced to avoid contraceptives, especially condoms.
Clarke said she has witnessed many cases in which men accuse women of being unfaithful or sceptical about their HIV status when their women ask to use condoms.
This normally ends in the women being physically abused by their men. But women should remain fearless, she said.
"Women need to understand that they have the right to ensure that they use contraceptives. You can take control of the situation, you can take control of your life," said Clarke, adding that her organisation is available to assist women who are being abused.
"We understand that in many cases women are afraid because they don't want to get beaten by their spouses, and we have put interventions in place for that. We have our crisis centre which deals with that," she said.
Woman Inc is a registered charitable non-governmental organisation established in 1984. In February 1985, the Crisis Centre for Women was opened, offering crisis counselling, referral services and a 24-hour hotline.
Women Inc addresses issues including rape, incest, domestic violence, domestic crisis and sexual harassment. The Crisis Shelter, opened in 1988, offers short-term shelter to battered women.
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