Thursday 04 September 2014


AP – The Rights Awareness Program is the name selected recently by a focus group of over 30 teens from Kingston communities for the 2-year European Union funded project currently underway to strengthen the role played by civil society in promoting human rights and democracy in Jamaica.

Convened by the British Council and Rise Life Management Services who are jointly implementing the project, the lively and engaged focus group convened at the Rise offices on East Street,  also unanimously selected a slogan for the project —“ I Have Rights, You Have Rights, Let’s Voice Our Rights”.  The team with the winning idea earned gift baskets presented by RAP Project Manager, Rochelle James.

The Rights Awareness Program (RAP) is one of the three European Union funded projects, announced late last year in the area of justice and human rights. RAP is working specifically to build and strengthen the capacity of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and working with youth islandwide to increase their awareness of human rights.

The project naming exercise was facilitated by Kemesha Kelly, Youth Empowerment Officer in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. “RAP,” she said, “is exactly what is needed in Jamaica at this time.  It took 2-hours of lively engagement, team presentations and combined voting to name the project RAP and develop the slogan – “I Have Rights, You Have Rights, Let’s Voice Our Rights.”

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Jessica Jones +876 864 9866 Twitter: @rapjamaica

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