Civil Societies In Jamaica

854 Words4 Pages
In today’s world, the construction of civil societies is a vital part of many societies. A civil society can be defined as the public space between a government and a private life. They allow people to debate ongoing issues without getting involved in the government. A civil society can range from non-government organizations, to journalists, to protesting citizens. Having civil societies is important because they give common people the ability to access political and state matters. However, governments often do not support constructing civil societies because they fear they will cause interference with state matters. Civil societies are essential for states intending to democratize, but the government usually tries to silence civil societies…show more content…
The population of Jamaica is 2.881 million people, with a majority of those people being descendants of Africa. Jamaica has a parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy. The civil societies of Jamaica focus on many of the countries problems, such as education, poverty, violence, and social and economic conditions. Many NGOS have worked with the Ministry of Youth and Education to help guide out-of-school youth. There are a variety of NGOs which look to improve the social pressures associated with poverty and violence and to improve the country’s social and economic conditions. Like many other countries in the Caribbean, Jamaica is riddled with crimes such as robberies, murders, and violence. Most civil societies are geared towards trying to fight these problems. According to CIVICUS, “in Jamaica, civil society is considered a positive necessity, and is identified as that group of entities comprising non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, labour unions, political parties, employers’ associations, churches, academic institutions and the private sector. ”Civil societies are not only important in Jamaica, but in all places around the world that have a democratic government. NGOs engage the public in political decisions, but not in a way that is harmful to anyone. They are essential…show more content…
Even though Jamaica’s government supports their civil societies, there are still many problems that prevent them from running smoothly, such as lack of interest and volunteerism. However, through immediate action, this is something that can be fixed. Through the construction of civil societies, states are able to tie together private and government life in ways that should be valued and
Open Document