UNICEF alarmed by escalating violence against children and women

Recent spike in incidents

21 February 2020
A Jamaican mother-in-law with her two children
UNICEF Jamaica

KINGSTON, February 21, 2020 – UNICEF is deeply alarmed about the recent spike in violence against children and women, including shootings and other violent incidents that have caused serious injury and death. 

UNICEF is particularly concerned about reports of young children who are being victimised. These acts of brutality against innocent children are deplorable and unacceptable.

The launch of the National Plan of Action for an Integrated Response to Children and Violence last year was an important milestone. UNICEF is appealing to the Government of Jamaica to accelerate these commitments to protect Jamaican children. UNICEF stands ready to continue supporting this effort.

UNICEF is also urging everyone across the society to do whatever they can to help protect children and women from all forms of violence and abuse.

Statement attributable to Mariko Kagoshima, UNICEF Jamaica Representative

Media contacts

Allison Brown-Knight
Communication Specialist
UNICEF Jamaica
Tel: 876-618-6268 (office)
Tel: 876-279-8339 (mobile)


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