Johnson-Smith Wants Sleeveless Policy Change Applied to Courts

Foreign Affairs Minister, Senator, Kamina Johnson Smith, says the government’s suspension of a longstanding practice of forbidding women who’re wearing sleeveless clothing from gaining access to government buildings, should also cover the nation’s courts.

However, she’s making it clear that the suspension of the sleeveless ban is for general members of the public who’re just attending court and not persons who’re before the court.

Senator Johnson Smith says attorneys presenting cases in the courts will still have to abide by their prescribed dress code.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness, last week, formally instructed that there be a suspension of the unwritten policy that denied women, who’re wearing sleeveless clothing, access to government buildings.

Senator Johnson Smith says the unwritten policy is being suspended to facilitate further dialogue on the issue.

She says those consultations are to also include how members of the public should attire themselves when visiting the nation’s Parliament.

In the meantime, Human Rights Advocate, Susan Goffe is welcoming the consultations.

Ms. Goffe is the one who brought to public attention the fact that there’s no written policy informing the decision to prevent women wearing sleeveless clothes from gaining access to government buildings.

The human rights advocate discovered the absence of a written policy on the controversial issue after she utilized the Access to Information, ATI, Act and asked a number of State-owned entities to provide a copy of the policy that informed their decision.

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