51% Coalition Speaks Out on the Murder of Mickolle Moulton

What a strange and difficult week it has been. In the early hours of Independence Day, gunmen fired on two girls (sisters, aged seventeen and twelve) as they slept, pushing their guns through a louver window, in the inner city area of Arnett Gardens. The seventeen year-old, Mickolle Moulton, is dead and her sister is in hospital. The ensuing anger, confusion and hand-wringing (especially in social media – all those “crying” icons) has given way to all kinds of speculation as to the motive for this terrible crime. The police are continuing their investigations. 

The 51% Coalition has issued a statement which seeks to address the broader issues behind this girl’s untimely death.

Mickolle Moulton, 17, was murdered in her bed when gunmen fired through her window in the early hours of Independence Day – Sunday, August 6. She was a student at Meadowbrook High School in Kingston.

August 9, 2017

As Jamaican women, we the undersigned members of the 51% Coalition wish to express our deep shock and anger at the murder of 17 year-old Mickolle Moulton, a girl who had her whole life ahead of her and a promising future, and the wounding of her 12 year-old sister, who is still fighting for her life in hospital. We condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms, and trust that the perpetrators will be brought to justice as speedily as possible.

We express our deepest sympathies to the mother, sister and family of Mickolle and share in their grief. We wish Mickolle’s sister a speedy recovery from her injuries.

We see the issues surrounding crime and violence as a public health emergency, not only for our women and girls, but for all community members, including men and boys, the young, senior citizens and the disabled and especially vulnerable populations.

Mickolle’s tragic death should underline the urgency of the situation and the particular vulnerability of women and girls to all forms of violence. While many women’s human rights groups have raised awareness on this issue, much more remains to be done. We must actively support all the efforts of communities and organizations towards building more respectful and equitable relationships among women and girls, men and boys.

The Child Development Agency (CDA) reports that the average age of alleged male perpetrators is 14 – 17 years. Many of these boys experience disturbing mental health problems, associated with trauma from experiences with physical violence. We suggest that additional resources be found to address the range of mental health problems faced by women, their families and children – both girls and boys.

Additionally, boys and men must actively take part in violence reduction and gender equity programmes. We must build a nation where women, girls, boys and men are valued equally and a strong sense of justice, fairness, equality, and integrity prevails. All Jamaicans, including our political leaders, must consider violence against women as a priority.

Many women’s organisations are engaged, in the face of great challenges, in helping to address the vast needs of vulnerable communities. We wish to restate our commitment to continuing this effort, in partnership with other agencies and communities.  We hope to see practical and sustainable community development initiatives from the government and private sector, which can meaningfully engage wider partnerships on a non-partisan basis.

We urge the community to tell what they know, cooperate with the police and help bring the murderer/s of Mickolle to justice.



Jeanette Calder

Marcia Forbes

Joan Grant Cummings

Emma Lewis

Jean Lowrie-Chin

Indi McLymont Lafayette

Carol Narcisse

Judith Wedderburn


WMW Jamaica

Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre










3 thoughts on “51% Coalition Speaks Out on the Murder of Mickolle Moulton

  1. Perhaps if we train our youth about respect and responsibility,
    The penal institutions would be short of long-term occupants.
    Teach our children to become valuable citizens in their communities, and society,
    Then, we may not have to worry about them falling victims to police brutality.
    A child who grows up under a harsh love-less condition develops risky impulsive behavior, more prone to peer pressure, and is more likely to gravitate to crime. The young child that is deprived of emotional bonding with the parents, will have brain and growth impediment due to deficiency in nutrients, lack of education, social skills, and the necessary tools to fit into society – becoming barbaric and incorrigible. These behavioral disorders emerge in the formative years, and persist into adulthood.
    There is good evidence to show that when countries invest in both parents and children together, there is a far better stability for families.


    1. Yes. There are so many social issues behind this story – layers and layers of them. Many organisations are working in communities to offer this kind of training – for example the Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre which works with youth, women AND men. Somehow, it never seems enough. There is always more work to be done.


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