It’s in a good cause. What cause could be better than legal and other support for victims of domestic and sexual violence. This is just one of the many important services provided by Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) – in case you were not aware. Here is the information you need: Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, Saturday June … More Don’t forget! Jamaicans for Justice is having a fundraising art auction for victims of gender-based violence
The Government of Jamaica will “celebrate” the 75th anniversary of the departure of the Empire Windrush from Jamaica, carrying over 1,000 hopeful Caribbean people, in June 1948. But what is there to celebrate? Back in the UK, racist immigration policies persist, and there are many personal stories of grief and injustice. … More The Jamaican Government “celebrates” the 75th anniversary of the Windrush
Kingston-born Kwame McPherson has won the Caribbean Regional Prize in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition for his story, “Ocoee,” a narrative fusing a terrible racist attack in the U.S. 100 years ago with Caribbean folklore. Congratulations Kwame! The overall winner will be announced on June 27. … More Jamaican Kwame McPherson wins Commonwealth Short Story Regional Prize for the Caribbean
I am calling on citizens of Montego Bay and environs to attend the Public Consultation on Wednesday, April 26 in person (albeit at short notice). Make your voices heard! (I would still like to know: Why the hurry? Can we take our time, please! … More For heaven’s sake, please attend the Public Consultation on constitutional reform TOMORROW – and in person!
Shelly-Ann Weeks and the HerFlow Foundation recently honoured eighteen women working in their communities to support women in the post-COVID period. HerFlow focuses on the issue of period poverty and is “committed to empowering Jamaican women and girls.” … More Jamaica’s HerFlow Foundation recognises “Unsung Sheroes” working in their communities: Celebrate Her!
On average, women spend 4.2 hours per day in unpaid work. Men spend 1.9 hours. In agriculture, women earn roughly 82 cents compared to the man’s dollar. There is considerable inequality. 36 percent of women globally work in agriculture, and it is about the same percentage for Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the … More Women in Agriculture: a new FAO report points to ongoing inequality
“A FI WI REPUBLIC”! Prime Minister Andrew Holness has declared that “it is time that Jamaica becomes a republic” and a Constitutional Reform Committee is in place. Advocates Network is challenging Jamaicans to consider, and join an online/community discussion. … More “A Fi Wi Republic” campaign kicks off this month
Global Voices often focuses on our uncertain, fragile world. This letter from a journalist in Turkey, reeling from the social and political aftershocks of the earthquakes, may resonate for Jamaica in more ways than one… … More Exhausted, but no longer silent: A letter from Istanbul, Turkey
There is something called “environmental justice.” It’s not just another clever catch phrase. It is a real, and growing concern. When this release from Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) landed in my inbox recently, I saw this as a classic example of the struggle that citizens worldwide are engaged in for their environmental rights. And a … More Is this justice for the citizens of Rio Cobre?
So far this year, Jamaica’s news has been a little – what is the word? – dispiriting. Bleak, even, at times. However, I was very much cheered by news that the Parliamentary Bicameral Women’s Caucus (which I referred to in my last blog post) will actually become a reality – and very soon. The women … More Let’s have a progressive agenda for Jamaica’s newly established Parliamentary Bicameral Women’s Caucus