Thursday, September 29, 2022

Greater Gender Equality For OECS Children In Conflict With The Law

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Press Release:- Close to 50 juvenile justice reform stakeholders across the OECS participated in a virtual conference to highlight and discuss gender issues relating to Juvenile Justice Reform.

The main aim of the conference, hosted by the USAID/OECS Juvenile Justice Reform Project (JJRP) II, was to highlight the role of gender in the administration of juvenile justice.

Discussions examined challenges such as how harmful perceptions of masculinity are being perpetuated, and the lack of interventions tailored to girls’ successful rehabilitation.

Participants also discussed how juvenile justice service providers can come to terms with their own personal views and biases on issues related to youth justice and the delivery of services to young people in conflict with the law.

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They also discussed gender concepts and considerations that should be the basis for effective juvenile justice planning, programming, and decision making.

Speaking on the workshop and its impact, JJRP Technical Specialist, Shahini Gravilis said,

“The workshop was very well attended and included a broad cross section of stakeholders…police, probation officers, juvenile facility managers, JJRP focal points and social services. It is so important for these stakeholders to understand the various gender issues and biases that we and society have, and how this can negatively impact outcomes for the youth of the OECS. I believe this programme brought to light a number of strategies that the stakeholders can use in their everyday operations and dealings with juveniles in conflict with the law.”

Senior Programme Officer in the Division of Family Affairs – Grenada, Feona Sandy added,

“It was a very beneficial workshop. The first of its kind for me, in terms of gender training, and I did not realise there are so many gender issues that can arise in the juvenile justice reform process. I now have a different perspective that will benefit the youth in conflict with the law with whom I engage. I particularly enjoyed the input and dialogue amongst the stakeholders from the other OECS islands. It highlighted that we all have similar issues across the countries and provided an avenue to learn from each other.”

Ms. Sandy is one of the programme attendees who deals daily with children in conflict with the law.

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