JURIST Project launches Model Sexual Offence Guidelines

The Honourable Sir Marston Gibson, Chief Justice of Barbados receives a copy of the Model Guidelines for Sexual Offence Cases in the Caribbean Region from the Honourable Mme. Justice Maureen Rajnauth-Lee, Judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice at the launch of the Guidelines at the CAJO Conference in Curacao. (Photo via CCJ)
The Honourable Sir Marston Gibson, Chief Justice of Barbados receives a copy of the Model Guidelines for Sexual Offence Cases in the Caribbean Region from the Honourable Mme. Justice Maureen Rajnauth-Lee, Judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice at the launch of the Guidelines at the CAJO Conference in Curacao. (Photo via CCJ)

The Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST) Project has launched its Model Guidelines for Sexual Offence Cases in the Caribbean Region. The Guidelines are intended to provide internationally accepted best practices for the management of sexual offence cases, and offer a rights-based approach to the treatment of complainants and vulnerable witnesses, including children, involved in sexual assault cases.

The launch took place at the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officer’s (CAJO) 5th Biennial Conference which is being held in Curaçao from September 28 – 30, 2017.

Speaking at the launch, the Honourable Mme. Justice Rajnauth-Lee, Judge at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) explained that even though the CARICOM region has made progress in promoting gender equality, sexual violence perpetrated against women, girls and boys remains a significant problem. The region, she said, experiences high levels of sexual violence – the majority of which is under-reported and ineffectively dealt with by the justice system.

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CARICOM,UN-Women sign MOU on gender equality, empowerment

From left, UN-Women representative. Ms. Toni Brodber and CARICOM Secretary-General, Amb. Irwin LaRocque sign the MOU. Standing are Mr. Neville Bissember and Ms. Barbara Vandyke, Office of the CARICOM Secretary-General
Seated, from left, UN-Women representative, Ms. Toni Brodber, and CARICOM Secretary-General, Amb. Irwin LaRocque sign the MOU. Standing are Mr. Neville Bissember and Ms. Barbara Vandyke, Office of the CARICOM Secretary-General

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UN-Women to support the Community’s work on gender and regional statistics.The signing took place during the official opening of the Thirty-Ninth Meeting of the Community Council of Ministers at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana.

The MOU on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women includes collaboration in the provision of Caribbean-wide data, statistics and analysis on the implementation of the gender dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action known as the SAMOA Pathway.

In his remarks, CARICOM Secretary-General Amb. Irwin LaRocque thanked the UN system for its continuing role in assisting Member States’ development and in advancing the work of the Secretariat. (more…)