We naa ease up! On violence against women and children.


There is something we call a “nine day wonder” in Jamaica. It may be a common phenomenon elsewhere, too. A controversial and pressing matter arises (often a manifestation of a frequently recurring issue that has never been properly addressed – such as this one) and there is a furore on social media, with traditional media … More We naa ease up! On violence against women and children.

Women’s voices raised on gender-based violence in Jamaica


The viral video that surfaced earlier this month, and subsequent calls for the alleged perpetrator, a Member of Parliament, to resign, continue to reverberate. Many statements and concerns expressed by various organizations have spoken out strongly on the issue. Here are the voices of some women from a grouping of ten women’s organizations and some … More Women’s voices raised on gender-based violence in Jamaica

Jamaican leaders, citizens must “act firmly” on violence against women – enough talk


Case closed. The Jamaica Constabulary Force put out a statement on Friday (April 16th) that it cannot continue investigations into a violent episode that took place in a parking lot ten days earlier, because the two people involved (a man and a woman) are not willing to press complaints. Also, the JCF said, the quality … More Jamaican leaders, citizens must “act firmly” on violence against women – enough talk

Our moringa tree comes into its own; and notes on Jamaica’s tea-drinking habits


Over the years, I have posted photos of our beloved moringa tree, and sung its praises. In fact, it’s three trees, but they have intertwined over the years, so I think of it as one. Several years later, how have our trees evolved? Looking back at the pictures I had shared, I realise that their … More Our moringa tree comes into its own; and notes on Jamaica’s tea-drinking habits

Jamaica and COVID-19: Over 18,000 vaccinated on Sunday and the “blitz” continues until Tuesday


It was an unusual weekend in Jamaica. We were under lockdown (a half-day curfew on Saturday and all day Sunday) – but the gates were opened for vaccinations across the island. This afternoon was pretty busy at some locations, but reports were generally very positive. Some had to wait, but altogether there were good reviews … More Jamaica and COVID-19: Over 18,000 vaccinated on Sunday and the “blitz” continues until Tuesday

Earth Hour 2021 in Jamaica: Darkness Falls on IG


“Why are you turning the lights out?” cried my husband, as I plunged the whole house into darkness at 8:30 p.m. this evening. By the way I turned the outside lights off, too. Light pollution was considerably reduced. “We are celebrating Earth Hour,” I told him. He went back to playing with his phone. Meanwhile … More Earth Hour 2021 in Jamaica: Darkness Falls on IG

Dear Jamaicans, are you recycling? Here’s the information you need…


Now, then. It’s still Lent, and that’s a time when I have noticed many Jamaicans make “resolutions” of some sort. It usually has something to do with “giving up” something. Well, perhaps then “giving up throwing plastic bottles out of my car window/into a drain/on the beach/into a gully in the hills somewhere/on the street … More Dear Jamaicans, are you recycling? Here’s the information you need…

Fairness and equity in access to the COVID-19 vaccine in Jamaica


We are learning a great deal about the COVID-19 vaccine. As I detailed in a Global Voices post this week, there was quite a bit of excitement when Jamaica’s very first batch of vaccine arrived on Monday (March 8). Prime Minister Andrew Holness stressed at a press briefing that evening that vaccinations would take place … More Fairness and equity in access to the COVID-19 vaccine in Jamaica