And The First Color is Orange: Beyond Sixteen Days of Activism


I seem to be fixated on colors at the moment. One of those in the rainbow spectrum is orange – the color that represents the Sixteen Days of Activism following International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (except in Jamaica). I discussed earlier the dilemma of Jamaican activists – many of whom wanted … More And The First Color is Orange: Beyond Sixteen Days of Activism

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

The Inexorable Murder Rate, The Missing Manifestos, and the Doctor Departs: Sunday, November 29, 2015


The rain! How glorious it has been – the gloom, the damp grey clouds… I do enjoy this weather, perhaps because it is so unusual in Jamaica. After a year of stressful heat and drought, it is welcome. Once again I have been overwhelmed and too busy, and my comments are late, but  before I get … More The Inexorable Murder Rate, The Missing Manifestos, and the Doctor Departs: Sunday, November 29, 2015

#IDEVAW2015 in Kingston, Jamaica: Grey Skies, Energy and Thoughts Under the Mango Trees


The morning of  Wednesday, November 25 began with a fine drizzle. It was International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in Jamaica, and a muted start with grey clouds gathering. Nevertheless, those events that were planned were well supported and indeed, made an impact. There was a stronger focus this year among civil … More #IDEVAW2015 in Kingston, Jamaica: Grey Skies, Energy and Thoughts Under the Mango Trees

Today Is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women #SilenceSpeaks #IDEVAW2015


Today is the UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW). This is a crucial issue for Jamaica, and for the health and progress of our society. Today I will be specifically remembering Shauna-Kay Pitter and joining friends at Eve for Life (and many others, a coalition of NGOs and civil society representatives) … More Today Is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women #SilenceSpeaks #IDEVAW2015

Nuh Guh Deh: Speaking Out, Supporting Our Vulnerable Girls


On Tuesday, November 25, the UN Country Team in Jamaica hosted a High-Level Breakfast in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women at Kingston’s Terra Nova Hotel. The event also presented to Jamaica the amazing work of Eve for Life, a Jamaican non-governmental organization working with young mothers (most living … More Nuh Guh Deh: Speaking Out, Supporting Our Vulnerable Girls

Norfolk Says No


Originally posted on Perking the Pansies:
A multi-coloured market is the throbbing heart of Norwich, the surrounding streets are its arteries. The daily beat is supplemented by an assortment of buskers, street entertainers and artists, all welcome to try their hand and let the discerning and not so discerning public decide who deserves a few coppers…

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

No Surprises, Standing and Walking Out and Replanting Trees: Tuesday, November 25, 2014


The days are galloping along amidst golden sunshine and light showers. The garden is blossoming and as Bob Marley would say, “The weather is sweet.” A big day yesterday: I am not sure why the scheduled (and announced in advance) press briefing by the National Housing Trust (NHT) could not have been streamed live. Wasn’t it important … More No Surprises, Standing and Walking Out and Replanting Trees: Tuesday, November 25, 2014