51% Coalition Speaks Out on the Murder of Mickolle Moulton

What a strange and difficult week it has been. In the early hours of Independence Day, gunmen fired on two girls (sisters, aged seventeen and twelve) as they slept, pushing their guns through a louver window, in the inner city area of Arnett Gardens. The seventeen year-old, Mickolle Moulton, is dead and her sister is … More 51% Coalition Speaks Out on the Murder of Mickolle Moulton

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

Luke Lane: A Visit

On Sunday afternoon, seven women including myself visited Luke Lane in downtown Kingston. This is where two year-old Demario Whyte was shot dead, when a group of armed men invaded the area on August 23. We drove slowly along Luke Lane, following a truck carrying several policemen. As the police officers climbed out, their “long … More Luke Lane: A Visit

Remembering the Rwanda Genocide in Jamaica: The Dangers of Indifference and Silence

Yesterday evening, at Mary Seacole Hall on the University of the West Indies campus, these words resonated: The Rwanda Genocide…highlighted the danger of indifference and the consequences of inaction. The Rwanda genocide occurred not only because of the state-sanctioned culture of hate, but because of crimes of indifference and conspiracies of silence. Yesterday evening, a group … More Remembering the Rwanda Genocide in Jamaica: The Dangers of Indifference and Silence

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

51% Coalition Congratulates MPs, Seeks Greater Gender Balance In Leadership

Here’s a statement from the 51% Coalition: Women in Partnership for Empowerment and Development, following general elections. Women certainly showed a higher profile during the election campaign, both as candidates and as commentators in the traditional and social media. I look forward to their energetic participation in the new administration.  The 51% Coalition would like … More 51% Coalition Congratulates MPs, Seeks Greater Gender Balance In Leadership

Anansesem: Storytelling and the True Purpose of Motherhood

“Motherhood has been downgraded to…a chore,” mused Judith Wedderburn, a member of the 51% Coalition. She was speaking at the launch of Anansesem: Telling Stories and Storytelling African Maternal Pedagogies, by Dr. Adwoa Ntozake Onuora, presented by the Institute of Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies (UWI) on February 19 Some might say … More Anansesem: Storytelling and the True Purpose of Motherhood

51% Coalition Speaks Out on Everald Warmington’s Offensive Comments in Parliament

January 21, 2016 Statement on Remarks by Everald Warmington, M.P. in Parliament The 51% Coalition: Women in Partnership for Development and Empowerment wishes to express great concern at the utterances of Everald Warmington, M.P. on January 19, 2016 during a debate in the Lower House. On two occasions, Mr. Warmington referred to fellow Member of … More 51% Coalition Speaks Out on Everald Warmington’s Offensive Comments in Parliament

Awash with Murders, Miraculous Jamaica…and that Darned Plane! Thursday, October 23, 2014

Oh, a lot has been happening on this modest-sized island of ours. It’s not been an easy week, and it’s National Heroes Week. Please read my thoughts on heroes, at home and abroad, on my weekly Gleaner blog page, Social Impact. Comments on the page are more than welcome! http://gleanerblogs.com/socialimpact/?p=2278A In fact, a very bloody week:  The police announced … More Awash with Murders, Miraculous Jamaica…and that Darned Plane! Thursday, October 23, 2014