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

Human Rights Day in Jamaica: Against a Background of the Arts, Much to Be Done

Human Rights Day this year was particularly significant for the world. We have to think “world” on Human Rights Day, and then get out our magnifying glasses and zoom in on a map of Jamaica and the Caribbean. For all of us, it was the 70th Anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of … More Human Rights Day in Jamaica: Against a Background of the Arts, Much to Be Done

Eve For Life Says: Protect Our Women and Children! #nuhguhdeh

Eve for Life has continuously worked with Jamaica’s most vulnerable young women and girls – those who are already mothers, many HIV-positive. This is Eve’s press release on the murder of Mickolle Moulton on Independence Day morning. The bold font is my own. August 9, 2017 Eve For Life, an organisation which works to meet the … More Eve For Life Says: Protect Our Women and Children! #nuhguhdeh

The “Communities of Fate” Keep Getting It Wrong, Says Eve for Life’s Joy Crawford #NuhGuhDeh

In my last blog post, I mentioned the case of a 64 year-old church pastor, Rupert Clarke, who was recently discovered in flagrant delicto by the police, allegedly raping a fifteen year-old girl in a parked car. Yes, I am using the word “rape” because, to me, this is statutory rape. However, the man was today charged with … More The “Communities of Fate” Keep Getting It Wrong, Says Eve for Life’s Joy Crawford #NuhGuhDeh

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

#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

The Leggo Beast

Our Education Minister, Rev. Ronald Thwaites, has an interesting style of public speaking. When he wants to make an important point, he folds his hands, raises his eyes to the ceiling and holds forth, in beautiful English, with the occasional Jamaican patois word or phrase thrown in, for effect. Minister Thwaites is a lawyer and … More The Leggo Beast

Love and Peace

Back in my hippie days, this was of course my mantra. A simple expression of what life should be all about. Surround yourself with love and peace and everything will fall into place. And everyone will love you. Of course, in the real world life wasn’t quite like that. In today’s Jamaica, there are so … More Love and Peace