“Investigating the number of women in managerial roles, researchers found that Jamaica produced the most interesting findings – women account for 60 per cent of the managing workforce, meaning employees are far more likely to have a female superior than a male one. In essence, Jamaica has reversed the gender bias – but how?

On March 8th, 2011 (International Women’s Day) the Jamaican government announced the launch of a ground-breaking initiative; the National Policy for Gender Equality (NPGE). Monitored by the Bureau of Women’s Affairs (BWA), and with funding of $7.5million from the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the aim of the policy is to eradicate gender discrimination across all aspects of Jamaican society by “increasing the economic and political influence of women in private and public sector organisations”.  […]

The 2014 Gender Gap Report ranked Jamaica 52nd which may force some to question the efficacy of the NPGE. Women have surpassed men in their educational attainment, yet their political empowerment appears limited and the wage disparity remains significant. However, the country ranks much higher than some of our European neighbours (Greece and Poland to name a few) who are part of the wider Western campaign against the gender gap.

Whilst it indisputable that Jamaica still has a considerable way to go, the NPGE demonstrates the country’s unwavering commitment to ensuring gender equality remains at the top of the political agenda. Where the West has been equipping itself with all the catchy campaign slogans and social hashtags, Central and South America have opted for one tactic: they got on with it.”