Ending violence against Jamaican women in the context of HIV and AIDS


Following up on International Women’s Day, I sat in on an excellent session organized by Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL) and funded by the European Union in Jamaica. Sadly, on such occasions the issue of violence against women is a recurring factor. We have to confront it, again and again. And so, yesterday, we … More Ending violence against Jamaican women in the context of HIV and AIDS

Real Leadership on International Women’s Day – Choosing to Challenge the Status Quo


Tomorrow (Monday, March 8) is International Women’s Day. So, tomorrow, women (and men, and all gender identities) are being asked to raise their right hand symbolically in a gesture to suggest that they #ChooseToChallenge inequality, discrimination, bias and stereotypes. It’s a call to action. As Joy Crawford, Executive Director of the Jamaican non-profit organization Eve … More Real Leadership on International Women’s Day – Choosing to Challenge the Status Quo

From “Victim” to “Survivor” of Gender-Based Violence: Jamaica Urgently Needs More Shelters


Women who are experiencing violence and abuse in their lives, especially at the hands of a partner, are incredibly vulnerable. Yet we may chat with them in a line at the supermarket, pass them by on the street, even work with them on a daily basis, without realising what they are going through. Gender-based violence … More From “Victim” to “Survivor” of Gender-Based Violence: Jamaica Urgently Needs More Shelters

Public Opinion: A New Online News Publication – And A Powerful Piece by Judith Wedderburn


There’s a new online paper Public Opinion launched on March 17. It is Jamaica’s first dedicated online newspaper that aims to bring thought leadership to Jamaica and to uplift public discourse on a wide range of topical issues. It is non-partisan and to this end, representatives of the political parties have agreed to contribute pieces on … More Public Opinion: A New Online News Publication – And A Powerful Piece by Judith Wedderburn

WROC Calls for Comprehensive Strategy to Address Violence Against Women and Girls


Here is today’s press release from the Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC), a member organization of the 51% Coalition. The Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC) shares the justifiable outrage of all well-thinking Jamaican citizens at the spate of killings of women, which has been taking place in our nation. We share the view … More WROC Calls for Comprehensive Strategy to Address Violence Against Women and Girls

Eve for Life is Facing Closure: Please Help Our Vulnerable Young Girls and Their Children!


I have written many times about the work of Eve for Life. Now I am writing again, but not to bring good news. Eve is having to face up to the likelihood of imminent closure, unless urgently needed funds can be found in the next few weeks. It currently has 132 clients who will be affected … More Eve for Life is Facing Closure: Please Help Our Vulnerable Young Girls and Their Children!