The “why?” question is always the tricky one. This was the Bloganuary prompt though, and I will do my best with it. Reason Number One: As most writers will say, I write mostly for myself. As I noted in my previous Bloganuary post, writing brings me joy. I am not always happy with my writing, … More Why do I write? Here are four reasons…
It has been said many times before: democracy is not just about voting every few years. It is about participation. If this does not happen – if citizens’ voices are muzzled and those seeking transparency and accountability in government are accused of all kinds of dubious motives by governments and their supporters – then, democracy … More “Civic space is under threat,” says Stand Up for Jamaica
I have a mental gathering of “Jamaicans I admire” in my head. They never cease to inspire me. They are young, and older, and in between, and in all walks of life. Linnette Vassell is one. This quiet afternoon – the first in three days of COVID-19 lockdown – I listened to a short interview … More Jamaican gender activist Linnette Vassell tells older women: “Step out of fear”
Congratulations to Dr. Theresa Rodriguez-Moodie, the new CEO for the 30-year-old Jamaica Environment Trust (JET). It is a challenging but very important role, as the environmental concerns on our island are seemingly boundless, but the possibilities and the opportunities are also there. I wish her the best of luck. Dr. Rodriguez-Moodie has just commented on … More Jamaica Environment Trust has a new CEO
“Inclusion” is a word with a simple meaning: not leaving out any man, woman or child, whatever their situation. It’s really important when we are talking about people with special needs. So, as the hurricane season approaches, this is a great partnership among the Nathan Ebanks Foundation, the Adaptation Programme and Financing Mechanism (AP&FM) related to … More Nathan Ebanks Foundation Extends Its Outreach to St. Elizabeth
Please see below press release from the Commonwealth Foundation. You can listen to the podcast featuring JET here: https://commonwealthfoundation.com/resource/commonwealth-voices-conversations-with-changemakers/ For more information contact Leo Kisson at +44 (0) 20 7747 6582 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org Clean air and clean water are public health issues! Jamaica Environment Trust is helping people raise their voices for cleaner … More The Commonwealth Foundation Features JET’s Advocacy Work in New Podcast Series
I have done a lot of celebrating in the past week or two, as we move down towards Christmas. One project that I am proud to have been involved with (in a small way) was the Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre’s (WROC) Strengthening a Culture of Integrity in Jamaica project, implemented in collaboration with National Integrity Action … More Women’s Empowerment Group Graduates From Integrity and Advocacy Programme in Style
Nowadays, we talk a lot about “partnerships.” They make sense for a number of reasons – not least as a way of pooling resources and making resources stretch further. The EU-funded Partnership for the Promotion of Patients’ Rights in Maternal, Neonatal & Infant Health in Jamaica (The MNIH Project), led by Professor Wendel Abel and … More Civil Society Collaborative Forum Will Protect Patients’ Maternal, Neonatal and Infant Health Rights
I described the dilemma of our non-governmental organisations (with one or two exceptions) that are scraping along in an earlier post. Our environmental NGOs are no exception. JET is the most high-profile of these I believe, due to their strenuous advocacy on behalf of our environment in the past decade or two (the NGO celebrated its 25th … More Jamaica Environment Trust Needs Your Support!
Advocacy is not something that one necessarily makes a conscious decision to go into. For me, it was a natural thing to do since I was a young woman – although I never thought of myself as an “advocate.” However, every chance I got I found myself talking about the evils of the apartheid system … More Young Jamaicans: Time to Learn About the Power of Advocacy!