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

Thoughts on International Women’s Day 2020 and the Disappearance of Jasmine Dean

This could turn into a long post, because there is “so much things to say,” as Bob Marley sang. Where to start? I have been browsing, reading, and writing, for most of the day. There were of course several events for International Women’s Day in Jamaica, including a tribute to Mary Seacole at the Institute … More Thoughts on International Women’s Day 2020 and the Disappearance of Jasmine Dean

WROC Honors the Women of the Lyndhurst/Greenwich Community

First of all, I wish the Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC) a Very Happy 35th Birthday! The community-based organisation was established on International Women’s Day, 1983. On that day this year – March 8 – WROC paid tribute to those women who have worked hard over the  years to uplift and support the residents of the Lyndhurst/Greenwich … More WROC Honors the Women of the Lyndhurst/Greenwich Community

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

Dr. Marcia Forbes: There Are Too Few Women in Decision-Making Positions in Jamaica

Here is Dr. Marcia Forbes’ presentation at Jamaica House on International Women’s Day, when the Prime Minister hosted a large group of women for lunch. It is direct and to the point. Marcia tells it like it is!  March 8, 2017 Written by Dr. Marcia Forbes Greetings – Prime Minister, Ministers, Colleagues: Thanks for inviting … More Dr. Marcia Forbes: There Are Too Few Women in Decision-Making Positions in Jamaica

International Women’s Day 2017 in Jamaica: Gender-Based Violence on the Agenda

The Women’s Movement in Jamaica, in the Caribbean, and I suspect worldwide, is going through some interesting times. This is a world of “fake news” and social media, hashtags and hardening positions. The concepts of love, peace, unity and solidarity are fighting for survival in the TrumpWorld. I get the feeling people aren’t listening to … More International Women’s Day 2017 in Jamaica: Gender-Based Violence on the Agenda

WE-Change Celebrated International Women’s Day in a Very Special Way

Due to the pressure of other things, I was unable to attend most of the International Women’s Day events last week. There was a plethora of them, especially at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus, including a lecture at Mary Seacole Hall and the UNDP’s launch of a new publication “Where Are The … More WE-Change Celebrated International Women’s Day in a Very Special Way

The Pioneering WROC Urgently Needs Our Support

The Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC) needs our support through a difficult time. Economic conditions in Jamaica are harsh, we know; but can we allow a non-governmental organization serving needy communities, with a rich history of activism and achievement “go under”? I don’t think so. All the more reason, I would say, to support them in … More The Pioneering WROC Urgently Needs Our Support

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