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'So Just' Project Empowering Youth in Conflict with the Law

'So Just' Project Launch at Jamaica Pegasus Hotel (February 20)

The 'So Just' Project, is a social justice initiative, emanating from a partnership between the Ministry of Justice, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Global Affairs Canada, which was officially launched on February 20, 2024, under the theme "Bridging Gaps, Building Alliances", marking World Social Justice Day. This project aims to promote social justice by addressing the root causes of inequality and discrimination.  

The 'So Just' Project focuses on empowering and educating children in conflict or contact with the law, along with their families, through a series of community interventions, innovative educational programs, and awareness initiatives. By focusing on holistic well-being and rights protection, the project seeks to bridge gaps and build alliances within the Jamaican society. Notably, the four pillars of social justice - equity, access, participation, and rights - will guide the transformation of justice services being delivered.  

Key components include the 'Bashy Kids Program' offering soft skills and psychosocial support, the 'Bright Step Program' delivering literacy education, and the 'Children Voice Agents' program geared at facilitating the empowerment of young people via training in legal literacy and related social justice issues.  

Community-focused interventions will be undertaken and will aim to increase awareness around child rights and court systems among children and parents.  



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