Spotlight Initiative Launched to Tackle Violence Against Women and Girls


I mentioned the Spotlight Initiative, a partnership between the Jamaican Government, the European Union and the United Nations, in my last blog post. The initiative was officially launched today at the Office of the Prime Minister. You can watch the recording of the ceremony on Facebook here. Unfortunately I missed the ceremonies, but I understand that … More Spotlight Initiative Launched to Tackle Violence Against Women and Girls

The Retiring Mr. Quallo, Tracking the Facilitators, and Ms. Jones in Town: Jamaica Weekly Review, Wednesday January 31, 2018


Now, where were we? Today is the last day of January, and somehow I feel we are “back to square one.” Not a happy feeling. By the way, I will be posting a bunch of environment and climate change stories shortly, so these are not included here. Caribbean: There is a lot of activism at the … More The Retiring Mr. Quallo, Tracking the Facilitators, and Ms. Jones in Town: Jamaica Weekly Review, Wednesday January 31, 2018

New UNICEF Report Explores the Impact of the Digital World on our Children


Following on from my last post, UNICEF just brought out its annual report. This year it focuses on the dangers (and benefits) of the Internet for the children of the world. You can look at Jamaica’s statistics on the UNICEF website, and download the report here. UNICEF: Make the digital world safer for children – while increasing … More New UNICEF Report Explores the Impact of the Digital World on our Children

Three Responses To the Government’s New Anti-Crime Measures


Now, if you read my blog regularly, you will know that almost every Jamaican, at home and abroad, has been agonizing over our soaring crime (read: murder) rate – especially since the start of the year. Murders are up some 30 per cent over the same period last year, which is of course very disturbing. … More Three Responses To the Government’s New Anti-Crime Measures

51% Coalition Meeting Recommends Priority Actions To Combat Violence Against Women and Girls


Cover photo: 51% Coalition members Indi McLymont Lafayette (left) and Hilary Nicholson, who moderated the unexpectedly large meeting, pause for thought. The past few weeks have been extraordinary. We have seen a surge in violent crime that has frightened many Jamaicans; in particular several abductions and killings of young women and girls. Social media posters … More 51% Coalition Meeting Recommends Priority Actions To Combat Violence Against Women and Girls

Reflections on the Sexual Abuse of Our Children: 3 – A Letter from WE-Change on #SayTheirNames


A note re: the logo on the home page: The Tambourine Army, created by the leader of WE-Change, is seeking recruits. It describes itself as “a radical movement. It is going to be one of the largest coalitions of organisations and individuals in Jamaica working to remove the scourge of sexual abuse, rape and all … More Reflections on the Sexual Abuse of Our Children: 3 – A Letter from WE-Change on #SayTheirNames

Reflections on the Sexual Abuse of Our Children: 2 – Concerns About Rural Poverty, Education and the Church


I am sharing another perspective here from two activists and educators, Afifa Aza and Georgia Love. There are many societal problems, buried deep in the story of the alleged sexual abuse of young girls by senior church members (which is still unfolding). Afifa and Georgia have their own concerns, and they are asking some pointed … More Reflections on the Sexual Abuse of Our Children: 2 – Concerns About Rural Poverty, Education and the Church

Nuh Guh Deh! Reflections on the Sexual Abuse of our Children: 1 – A Perspective from Eve for Life


Jamaicans, young and old and in all walks of life, are still consumed with the issue of the abuse of young girls by older men in privileged positions… Not a new issue, often hidden and secret – but an “open secret.” Many views have been expressed. I am sharing on my blog more perspectives that … More Nuh Guh Deh! Reflections on the Sexual Abuse of our Children: 1 – A Perspective from Eve for Life

Thank God! The Secret Is Out: A Statement from WROC on the Alleged Sexual Abuse of Children by Clergy


Since the year began, the issue has rocked the Jamaican media and public. There are some secrets, in a small society like ours, that everyone knows about but refuses to talk about. However, the time for denial is over, as the Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC) comments in this powerful statement. The time for … More Thank God! The Secret Is Out: A Statement from WROC on the Alleged Sexual Abuse of Children by Clergy