“There is no freedom where violence exists”: Emancipation Day 2021 Message from the Prime Minister of Jamaica

As I mentioned in my last news update, I found this year’s Emancipation Day message from Prime Minister Andrew Holness hit the right note. It is very well written, weaving in the legacy of violence from slavery days and looking at the dire situation our society finds itself in now. While noting that violence “in … More “There is no freedom where violence exists”: Emancipation Day 2021 Message from the Prime Minister of Jamaica

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

Justice Delayed, Denied for Domestic Violence Victims

I have not mentioned the recent case of a woman who, after suffering violence at the hands of her spouse, went to a police station and was turned away because she was violating the COVID-19 curfew. She was refused help. Domestic violence is insidious. It eats into your very soul. It is not only the … More Justice Delayed, Denied for Domestic Violence Victims

Jamaica AIDS Support for Life is Disappointed with Parliamentary Committee’s Report on the Sexual Offences Act

I did mention that a few heavy-duty topics have been in the Jamaican news over the past few weeks. Here is one that I had not touched on at all (and, in fact, it has not had great prominence in the news either, since our local media has been preoccupied with politics and scandals. More … More Jamaica AIDS Support for Life is Disappointed with Parliamentary Committee’s Report on the Sexual Offences Act

Human Rights Day in Jamaica: Against a Background of the Arts, Much to Be Done

Human Rights Day this year was particularly significant for the world. We have to think “world” on Human Rights Day, and then get out our magnifying glasses and zoom in on a map of Jamaica and the Caribbean. For all of us, it was the 70th Anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of … More Human Rights Day in Jamaica: Against a Background of the Arts, Much to Be Done

Violence Against Women: There’s a Lot of Work to be Done, Says Senator Kamina Johnson Smith

Senator Kamina Johnson Smith has been advocating consistently for the rights of women and girls for some time now, in various fora. The Senator is particularly concerned  with how the law is (or is not) keeping up with the struggles of the 21st century Jamaican woman for equality and justice. As the Sixteen Days of Activism continue, … More Violence Against Women: There’s a Lot of Work to be Done, Says Senator Kamina Johnson Smith