I have been to several special events and interesting discussions with women on a range of issues lately. I’ve also taken some photographs of some terrific (mostly) Jamaican women whom I admire. This is a dynamic group… and there are many more Jamaican women with so much to offer in the public and private sectors.
So here we go with a few comments that I found interesting, with photos of the commenters… Enjoy!
Carol Narcisse, Jamaica Civil Society Coalition: “We must keep in mind…What IS in the public interest?”
Ingrid Riley, IT evangelist/entrepreneur/blogger: “Because we are now living in the Digital Age, the playing field has become more level, the opportunities are greater…”
Marcia Forbes, businesswoman/author/51% Coalition (with mike): “A great deal more needs to be done if women are to achieve full citizenship rights and to be equally involved in the development of Jamaica.”
Nadine McNeill, global humanitarian: “There is some kind of war on the psyche that’s now taking place (in Jamaica).”
Donna Duncan Scott, businesswoman: “Violence against women…is a human being thing, not a man/woman thing.”
Greta Bogues, Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica: “Corporate governance is not a destination, it’s a journey.”
Sandra Glasgow, 51% Coalition, Jamaican Eisenhower Fellow: “Female directors behave differently, bring more to the table.”
Hilary Nicholson, Women’s Media Watch/51% Coalition: “Gender equality = gender justice.”
Dr. Ronnie Salter, fusion therapist: “We have accepted rape as a way of punishing women…Rape has nothing to do with sex. It is about power.”
Gladys Brown, Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse: “We women trust too much.”
Senator Kamina Johnson Smith (left) sitting with Beverley Anderson Duncan: “Every day, unqualified men are appointed on boards.”
Judith Wedderburn, Director, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Jamaica/51% Coalition: “We need more bredren to participate in gender discussions…Let’s find a win/win solution to the issue of diversity on public boards.”
Beverley Anderson Duncan, gender consultant: “Gender equity must mean ‘transformation,'” not “tinkering” in Michael Manley’s words. “We must ask: ‘What more is required of us (women)?'”
Taitu Heron, gender specialist: “Religion in this country has trapped women.”
Linnette Vassell, Women’s Resource & Outreach Centre/51% Coalition: “We need to overcome the barriers within ourselves.”
Dr. Brenda Wyss, Associate Professor, Wheaton College, Massachusetts: “The neo-liberal market model does not necessarily empower women.”
Lorna Green, Businesswoman: “Develop strong lobby groups and advocate” for more open government.