Legal Framework and Institutional Mechanisms

​Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Ratification in 1984. Main reference document for equality between men and women. Through its ratification or accession to it the States are legally bound to adopt all necessary measures, including special temporary measures and laws, in order for women to fully enjoy all their human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995). The signatory countries take responsibility for the implementation of the Platform for Action, in which 12 critical areas of concern for the advancement of women are defined.
Constitution of Jamaica and amendments (1962). Acknowledges rights and freedoms of the individual, such as the right to equality before the law no matter sex, race, and place of origin, social class, colour or political opinions.
Bureau of Gender Affairs (2016). It is the state agency and national machinery for women's empowerment and an advocate for gender issues.
Gender Advisory Council (2005). It is a multi-sectoral body charged with guiding the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the National Policy for Gender Equality in conjunction with the Bureau of Gender Affairs.