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

Has CARICOM gone backwards? The Rights of our Children Are Not Being Protected

This powerful letter is written by Joan Grant Cummings, a member of Caribbean Dawn and the 51% Coalition in Jamaica. Among the most recent cases, we must also remember the murder of Santoya Campbell (another fourteen-year-old pregnant teen) and the deaths of three children in a fire in Admiral Town, Kingston. One of the children, … More Has CARICOM gone backwards? The Rights of our Children Are Not Being Protected

It’s Beijing Plus Twenty, and Caribbean Women Feel Betrayed

Beijing, China, September 1995. At the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, the theme was: “Action for Equality, Development and Peace.” Twenty years later, is the Caribbean any nearer to embracing these principles? Words are one thing; what about actions? In the powerful and no-holds-barred statement below, Caribbean women’s and civil society organizations express … More It’s Beijing Plus Twenty, and Caribbean Women Feel Betrayed

International Women’s Day: There Is Much On Our Minds

International Women’s Day is an important date on the calendar. Perhaps never more important than this year, when the increased danger for our most vulnerable women and girls is on our minds right now. Here are some examples of why this issue is preoccupying Jamaicans in 2015: Yesterday, two women in their mid-forties were shot … More International Women’s Day: There Is Much On Our Minds