PNP Women’s Movement condemns murder of Melissa Silvera
The People’s National Party Women’s Movement has condemned the tragic murder of Melissa Silvera, the wife of former member of parliament Jolyan Silvera.
Jolyan was charged with Melissa’s murder on Friday. Melissa Silvera, 42, was found dead in the couple’s Stony Hill, St Andrew, home on November 10, 2023 it was initially assumed that she had died from natural causes.
“Our nation has been rocked with shock and concern as circumstances surrounding Melissa’s death have been brought to light over the last month. We are clear and respect the fact that in Jamaica one is innocent until proven guilty,” the Women’s Movement said in a releaseon Saturday.
The PNP WM also commended the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) for their efforts in ensuring justice is served and highlighted that the tragedy has had a “devastating impact on us as a PNP family, especially considering her three sons”.
“We recognise the unmeasurable grief and pain they (the sons) and other family members are enduring, and our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time,” the statement continued.
The Women’s Movement said it is important to bring perpetrators of acts of violence to justice to face the consequences.
“We stand firmly behind the pursuit of justice for Melissa Silvera, and will continue to advocate for systemic changes aimed at preventing and addressing violence against women and children in our society.”
The organisation noted further that it is “important to bring perpetrators of acts of violence to justice and that “they must face their consequences.”
“We stand firmly behind the pursuit of justice for Melissa Silvera, and will continue to advocate for systemic changes,” it said.
It added: “We believe that incidents such as this bring to the fore the threats to safety and security of women and children in our society. It is imperative that we collectively strive to create a culture of respect, equality, and safety for all, where such tragic incidents are never again allowed to occur. We reiterate our steadfast commitment to supporting survivors, raising awareness, and fostering a society that upholds the rights and dignity of every individual.”
The PNP WM also called on all stakeholders, including community leaders, law enforcement agencies, and policymakers, to join hands in advocating for a society where every person can live free from the fear of violence and harm.