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Latest items for Jamaica

May 15, 2019, 6:51 p.m.
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Variables: GP-SCALE-1

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May 4, 2019, 1:36 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes sexual relations by an adult with a child--male or female--under the age of 16 and provides for penalties ranging from 15 years’ to life imprisonment" (p. 11).
May 4, 2019, 1:36 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"NGOs reported that gang leaders, sometimes including fathers, initiated sex with young girls as a “right,” and missing children often were fleeing violent situations and sexual abuse" (p. 11).
May 4, 2019, 1:36 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, PRN-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes the commercial sexual exploitation of children and applies to the protection, possession, importation, exportation, and distribution of child pornography. It carries a maximum penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment and a fine of 500,000 JMD ($3,900)" (p. 12).
May 4, 2019, 1:36 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law prohibits domestic violence and provides remedies, including restraining orders and other noncustodial sentencing" (p. 11).
May 4, 2019, 1:36 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law prohibits domestic violence and provides remedies, including restraining orders and other noncustodial sentencing… Breaching a restraining order is punishable by a fine of up to 10,000 JMD ($78) and six months’ imprisonment" (p. 11).
May 4, 2019, 1:36 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: WAM-LAW-1

"The Jamaica Broadcasting Commission bars certain lyrics and music videos, including songs referring to violent sex or violence against women" (p. 8).
May 4, 2019, 1:36 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Enforcement of the law, however, was sporadic, especially in rural areas, with child abuse and incest often suspected but not reported to authorities" (p. 11).
May 4, 2019, 1:36 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: LRCM-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes spousal rape only when spouses have separated or begun proceedings to dissolve the marriage; when the husband is under a court order not to molest or cohabit with his wife; or when the husband knows he suffers from a sexually transmitted infection" (p. 10).
May 4, 2019, 1:36 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"Persons outside the country born to or adopted by one or more Jamaican parents, as well as those married to Jamaican spouses are entitled to citizenship" (p. 11).
May 4, 2019, 1:36 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage is 18, but children may marry at 16 with parental consent" (p. 12).
May 4, 2019, 1:36 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: CLCC-LAW-1

"Every person born in the country after independence in 1962 is entitled to citizenship. Persons outside the country born to or adopted by one or more Jamaican parents, as well as those married to Jamaican spouses are entitled to citizenship" (p. 11).
May 4, 2019, 1:36 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"The Child Care and Protection Act prohibits the trafficking of children and penalizes perpetrators with a fine or imprisonment" (p. 15).
May 4, 2019, 1:36 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2

"The rape of women is illegal and carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment" (p. 10). The law prohibits sexual intercourse with a person less than 16 years old, the minimum age for consensual sex. Sexual relations by an adult with a child under 16 is punishable by up to life imprisonment" (p. 12).
May 4, 2019, 1:36 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (p. 11).
April 7, 2019, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: LRW-LAW-3, DV-LAW-3

A woman's testimony carries the same evidentiary weight in court as a man's (99).
April 7, 2019, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: IAD-LAW-1

Sons and daughters have equal inheritance rights in Jamaica (99).
April 7, 2019, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: IIP-LAW-2, AFE-PRACTICE-1

There is no legislation on sexual harassment in education in Jamaica (99).
April 7, 2019, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: GP-DATA-5

Jamaica law does not establish an anti-discrimination commission (99).
April 7, 2019, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: MARR-LAW-3

There is no legislation on whether or not a woman can legally apply for a national ID card in the same way as a man. A woman in Jamaica can sign a contract without requiring the presence of her husband or male relatives (99).
April 7, 2019, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: GIC-LAW-1

There is no paid maternity leave available to women in Jamaica of at least 14 weeks. Women receive at least 2/3 of their wages for the duration of their maternity leave. The government pays for 0% of maternity leave benefits. There is no paid parental leave. Mothers are guaranteed an equivalent position after returning to work from maternity leave. The government supports or provides childcare services. Childcare payments are not tax deductible (99).
April 7, 2019, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: ERBG-DATA-2

Women make up 43% of the total labor force in Jamaica (99).
April 7, 2019, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: GIC-LAW-3

There is no paid maternity leave available to women in Jamaica of at least 14 weeks. Women receive at least 2/3 of their wages for the duration of their maternity leave. The government pays for 0% of maternity leave benefits. There is no paid parental leave. Mothers are guaranteed an equivalent position after returning to work from maternity leave. The government supports or provides childcare services. Childcare payments are not tax deductible (99). Parents in Jamaica are not able to work flexibly (99). Working flexibly, such as working from home or taking partial days off to care for children, could be considered a childcare benefit (SLE-CODER COMMENT).
April 7, 2019, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

Discrimination based on marital status is not prohibited in access to credit in Jamaica (99).
April 7, 2019, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: MULV-LAW-1

The government of Jamaica provides for valuation of nonmonetary contributions, such as staying at home to take care of children or other dependents (99).
April 7, 2019, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: LO-LAW-1

A woman in Jamaica can legally register a business, sign a contract, and open a bank account in the same way as a man (99). Men and women have equal ownership rights to immovable property (99). Discrimination based on gender is not prohibited in access to credit in Jamaica, and neither is discrimination based on marital status (99).
April 7, 2019, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1

Jamaica law does not mandate equal remuneration for work of equal value. The ages at which men and women can retire with full pension benefits are equal (99).
April 7, 2019, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: CLCW-PRACTICE-1

There is no legislation on whether or not a woman can legally apply for a national ID card in the same way as a man (99).
April 7, 2019, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: CL-LAW-1

The government of Jamaica provides for valuation of nonmonetary contributions, such as staying at home to take care of the elderly and disabled (99).
April 7, 2019, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: AFE-LAW-1

Primary education in Jamaica is free and compulsory (99).