Europe Day Celebrations: A Shower of Rain, a Splendid Cake and Ambassador Wasilewska’s Speech


It was a beautiful evening last Monday, May 8 at Mona Visitors Lodge on the University of the West Indies campus. When I arrived, the reception for the celebration of Europe Day – and the 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome – was already in full swing. The Head of Delegation of the European … More Europe Day Celebrations: A Shower of Rain, a Splendid Cake and Ambassador Wasilewska’s Speech

We Live in Interesting Times: Thoughts on the French Presidential Election from Blogger Wayne Campbell


“Interesting times” could also be rephrased as “dark times,” as a dear Twitter friend described the state of the world the other day. Here’s a guest blog post from my friend Wayne Campbell. You can find his blog at http://www.wayaine.blogspot.com/ and his contact details are below. Wayne is particularly focused on gender issues, and through this … More We Live in Interesting Times: Thoughts on the French Presidential Election from Blogger Wayne Campbell

Jamaican Women Are Working… And It’s All Good


While the Tambourine Army has been making the headlines, Jamaican women have, as usual, been writing, meeting, advocating and speaking at various events around the country. Here are just a few of the things they have been doing – this is a bit of a “catch up” post… It’s a busy month for women. 51% … More Jamaican Women Are Working… And It’s All Good

Advocacy and Policy Monitoring Go Hand in Hand For Civil Society Organizations


On the eve of Human Rights Day (December 10) there was a small but meaningful gathering at the coziest small hotel in town, the Alhambra Inn. Earlier this month, 22 representatives of ten civil society organizations graduated from a critical training session that focused on Policy Monitoring and Advocacy. The seven-month training, organized by the … More Advocacy and Policy Monitoring Go Hand in Hand For Civil Society Organizations

Civil Society Organizations Mobilize to Monitor Jamaican Policies


Jamaica has several lobby groups advocating on behalf of marginalized communities. It has “watchdogs” that keep an eye on what the Government of the day is doing (or not doing) in relation to specific issues of concern to these communities. But could the watchdogs sharpen their skills some more? Tomorrow will see the opening of … More Civil Society Organizations Mobilize to Monitor Jamaican Policies

#AtoZChallengeJamaica: Y is for Your Time Is Up


Originally posted on Jamaica: Political Economy:
When one considers politicians’ decisions that their ‘race is run’, no clear patterns emerge. Just last week, Britain held a referendum on its EU membership and the PM, who staunchly urged people to ‘remain’, quickly announced his resignation after the people voted to ‘leave’. His opposing leader also urged…

Jamaican Foreign Affairs Minister Comments on the UK Referendum Result


We sat up last night until the little indicator in BBC World’s television studio moved past the crucial point in terms of number of votes – with the blue of “leave” overcoming, by a pretty small margin, the yellow of “remain.” The vote was close, as predicted, but a narrow win for those who wanted the … More Jamaican Foreign Affairs Minister Comments on the UK Referendum Result