The Stark Numbers: More Children Have Been Murdered This Year, Especially Girls

A couple of days ago, a friend tweeted the following: MISSING TEEN: Ariell Lawrence has been missing since late last night. Last seen in this birthday outfit. After 1 am she took taxi from Portsmouth Portmore to Spanish Town. She texted re feeling unsafe in the taxi & did not arrive. Help to find her. Plz … More The Stark Numbers: More Children Have Been Murdered This Year, Especially Girls

Thank you, Michelle and Suzanne and Max: Let the Dance Begin

I very rarely write about spiritual matters. I have also not commented on the current U.S. election campaign, except to share some tweets. Yet, like many other women around the world, I have been deeply disturbed, spiritually and mentally, by the growing atmosphere – the scornful hatred and the focused disrespect against women (AND girls) … More Thank you, Michelle and Suzanne and Max: Let the Dance Begin

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

But he only…

Originally posted on idealisticrebel:
It’s hard when sheltered little girls start to grow up and get interested in boys, and boys return the interest.  You only want to really talk about positive things with your daughter, because she’s your little girl and you cannot imagine adult types of things happening to her. Then it’s time…

African Postman: Kenyan Schoolboys Become Part of the Solution Against Rape

This is the first in my (resurrected) African Postman series. Yes, I did promise to revive it and I hope to do a weekly feature.  I posted thirty stories in the series initially, and plan to continue on a more regular basis (if you search for “African Postman” you will find my earlier stories). You will not … More African Postman: Kenyan Schoolboys Become Part of the Solution Against Rape

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

Help End Violence Against Women Now

Today was International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Here is a message from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, which is also posted on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141124170545-204317422-help-end-violence-against-women-now?trk=prof-post  Tomorrow I will report on this morning’s event in Jamaica in recognition of the day. Please remember there are 16 Days of Activism to follow… Stay tuned! … More Help End Violence Against Women Now

Empowering the Young Women of Jamaica: Eve for Life (and Save the Date!)

Saturday, October 11, 2014 is the UN International Day of the Girl Child. This special day aims to “recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world,” says the United Nations. What is it like to be a 21st century girl? In many parts of the world, girls face discrimination. In some countries, they … More Empowering the Young Women of Jamaica: Eve for Life (and Save the Date!)