Canada gives grants to Jamaican organisations to advance gender equality


The High Commission of Canada in Jamaica has offered five grants to local organisations to advance gender equality, peace and security in the communities they serve across the island.

They are the Boxing Board of Jamaica, National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica, Peace Management Initiative, Institute of Law and Economics, and Advocates for Change.

The Boxing Board will use the funds to teach boxing skills to boys, girls, young men and young women through the Gloves over Guns initiative; the National Youth Orchestra is to use the funds to establish a Music Centre for Girls in Kingston and St Andrew; and the Peace Management Initiative will use the funds to build the capacity of women from St Catherine to be anti-violence advocates through the ‘Mothers Against Gun Violence’ initiative.

Also, the Institute of Law and Economics will use the money to build the gender-responsiveness of Case Managers to support the socio-economic reintegration of girls and women leaving correctional institutions across Jamaica; and Advocates for Change will spend the money to support young fathers through the Developing Able Dads (DADs) Project.

Funding has been granted under the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), which is a facility through which Canada provides modest sums for small-scale and high-impact projects across the globe.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, thanked the High Commission for the donations on behalf of the organisations, at a ceremony held at the commission’s offices on West King’s House Road, in Kingston.

She said the money will be used by each organisation for gender-equality activities.

“This is an important initiative centred around gender, and the fact that the funds will be used to assist community groups and [their] initiatives is just a very wonderful thing. It’s done during this period of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. It’s really an appropriate time for the grants,” Grange told JIS News.

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