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

UNICEF Worried About Violence in the Lives of Jamaican Children and Adolescents

“He hit me first!” A memory turns itself over. We were driving in heavy traffic somewhere in town, when we observed a scene being played out by the side of the road. A group of adults and one child – a small boy, maybe four or five years old, was being loudly reprimanded by an … More UNICEF Worried About Violence in the Lives of Jamaican Children and Adolescents

Monday Review: What’s Happening in Jamaica, May 15, 2017

Phew! It’s been quite a week, again. Here’s a taste of what’s been happening! I highlighted the “big” stories in purple… By big I mean those we should keep an eye on, in my view. Click on the links for more details. CHEC land deal:  The Office of the Contractor General is continuing his probe. Former … More Monday Review: What’s Happening in Jamaica, May 15, 2017

Public Opinion: A New Online News Publication – And A Powerful Piece by Judith Wedderburn

There’s a new online paper Public Opinion launched on March 17. It is Jamaica’s first dedicated online newspaper that aims to bring thought leadership to Jamaica and to uplift public discourse on a wide range of topical issues. It is non-partisan and to this end, representatives of the political parties have agreed to contribute pieces on … More Public Opinion: A New Online News Publication – And A Powerful Piece by Judith Wedderburn

JFJ Welcomes Announced Prohibition of Corporal Punishment in Schools

Pressure has been building for quite a while for the Government to end corporal punishment in schools. It’s about time, in my view. I have heard some horror stories of vindictive teachers injuring children at school; and yet many Jamaicans actually do believe in the “spare the rod and spoil the child” creed. I’m sorry, but … More JFJ Welcomes Announced Prohibition of Corporal Punishment in Schools

Death of a Tivoli Teen, The Flat Bridge Syndrome and Alarm Bells on HIV/AIDS: Jamaica, July 17, 2016

This week has again been a “What’s wrong with the world/Jamaica/everywhere?” sort of week. At home, we had the horror of the murder of a little girl, reportedly left home alone; several police killings; and the usual mayhem on the roads – including the deaths of six people who ended up in the waters of … More Death of a Tivoli Teen, The Flat Bridge Syndrome and Alarm Bells on HIV/AIDS: Jamaica, July 17, 2016

Make Rhetoric a Reality: Jamaicans for Justice Calls for Action to Support Foster Families

The plight of our children – especially those in state care – seems to have been an afterthought, over many political administrations. They are simply not a priority. Out of sight, out of mind, perhaps, to our politicians (perhaps Members of Parliament should be obliged to do monthly tours of the homes in their constituencies – … More Make Rhetoric a Reality: Jamaicans for Justice Calls for Action to Support Foster Families

The Long Shadow of Child Abuse: Guest Post by Wayne Campbell

My fellow blogger Wayne Campbell, who as an educator works with children every day, wrote a touching article looking back at Jamaica’s Child Month, which was in May. The hard-working agencies in Jamaica responsible for child welfare made huge efforts to get the word out on protecting and caring for our children. The issue of child … More The Long Shadow of Child Abuse: Guest Post by Wayne Campbell

Are the Political Debates in Jeopardy?

There has been a new development on the question of the planned televised political debates. These were, I believe, scheduled for February 17, 18 and 20 (including one leadership debate). Prior to previous general elections, the debates have had good viewership and have been generally welcomed by the Jamaican public. In fact, comments made during the … More Are the Political Debates in Jeopardy?