More Jamaican men being urged to be positive role models

Monday, November 19, 2018

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DIRECTOR of Policy and Research, Bureau of Gender Affairs, Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Sharon Coburn-Robinson is urging more Jamaican men to be positive role models in the society.

She was speaking with JIS News about the bureau's schedule of activities to mark International Men's Day (IMD), today.

Coburn-Robinson said the engagements will focus on the influence that positive male role models have on youth.

“This year we [will] have a week of activities looking at positive role models for boys and young persons, including girls, so that when they become adults they will be able to make wise choices, having had the mentorship from the men,” she explained.

International Men's Day, which is observed annually, focuses on men's and boys' health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models.

This year's observance will be held under the theme: 'Reinforcing Positive Male Role Models'.

Activities marking the day form part of the Government's 'No Excuse for Abuse' #NEFA public education campaign, aimed at reducing gender-based violence in Jamaica.

The week-long activities kicked off with a church service at the Constant Spring Road Church of God in St Andrew, yesterday.

Other engagements include a consultation session on paternity leave and other best practices towards parental leave for fathers — the main event to celebrate IMD today at The University of the West Indies Regional Headquarters Building.

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