Jamaica Behind With Legislations To Protect Women From Harassment – Senator Morrison

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Government Senator, Kerensia Morrison, says Jamaica is lagging behind in legislations that seek to protect women from harassment, like those criminalizing derogatory catcalling.

She says while herself and many other women don’t mind being heckled by men at times, holding on to such demeaning cultural practices will hold us back as a people.

She was speaking on Nationwide @5, on Friday with Tyrone Reid and Franklin McKnight.

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The government Senator shared some of the catcalls she’s heard, which she doesn’t find offensive.

She says while that behaviour maybe culturally acceptable, they are harmful.

She says men are socialised to approach a woman publicly when she catches his eyes.

It’s why she says public education instead of criminalisation of such practices is more necessary.

 In the meantime, Anthropologist Dr. Herbert Gayle says his students conducted an informal survey about how Jamaicans feel about catcalling.

Dr Herbert Gayle, Anthropologist.

He says the men too were surveyed, and 18-percent of them expressed grave concern with being vulgarly addressed by women.

And Businessman Wayne Chen agrees that public education is needed to help men differentiate between acceptable and unacceptable ways of speaking to women.

Wayne Chen, Businessman.

They were speaking on Nationwide @5, on Friday with Tyrone Reid and Franklin McKnight.  



Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.


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