The Community Paralegal Programme: supporting Jamaican victims of violence

The discussion about gender-based violence continues in the Jamaican media; in fact, it never really goes away. But very often, those who suffer are not aware that help is available. The Community Paralegal (CP) programme is there to help. It is delivered by the non-governmental organization Stand Up For Jamaica, with grant funding from the … More The Community Paralegal Programme: supporting Jamaican victims of violence

Health Ministry Delivers Complaint Management System Manual, Toolkit

The issue of discrimination in our healthcare system, especially against vulnerable populations such as those living with HIV and the LGBT community, has been a major concern for as long as I can remember. I am really pleased to see that there is now a formal system in place to address this, with USAID funding. … More Health Ministry Delivers Complaint Management System Manual, Toolkit

J-FLAG Focuses on Human Rights Ahead of General Elections

The election campaign began, unofficially, well before Christmas. After a short break it returned, swelling to a crescendo after Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller announced the election date on January 31 (she took a full hour to announce it!) There has been a lot of noise and a lot of unpleasantness, frankly. February has not been … More J-FLAG Focuses on Human Rights Ahead of General Elections

#HoldTheDebates, Nasty Rumors, The House on the Hill and The GMOY Goes Down a Dangerous Path: Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A grey cloud has descended over much of Jamaica. Literally, that is, although in some respects the cloud is a bit more than a weather phenomenon. Everything seems to be a bit of a struggle. Where are we heading? Jamaicans seem uncertain and not entirely hopeful. Or maybe that’s my mood. There is no doubt, … More #HoldTheDebates, Nasty Rumors, The House on the Hill and The GMOY Goes Down a Dangerous Path: Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A Few Good (Jamaican) Men of 2015: Saluting You!

  Jamaican men may, from time to time, get a bad rap. Sometimes (as in the case of the God’s-gift-to-women, egotistical Christopher Gayle) it is probably deserved. But – you know something? There are some wonderful Jamaican men out there, doing fantastic work, all over the island. I am mentioning just a few in this … More A Few Good (Jamaican) Men of 2015: Saluting You!

Our Voices, Our Stories: Disputing the Stereotypes of the Single Story

Here’s a perspective from a member of Jamaica’s transgender community. The question of a “single story” is an important one to consider as we seek to examine (and re-examine) our attitudes. I must add a “big up” here to the incredibly supportive Father Sean Major Campbell, who continuously reaches out to the most marginalized of … More Our Voices, Our Stories: Disputing the Stereotypes of the Single Story

TRANS PROFILE – FJ (Part 2): The Second Part of an Interview with a Jamaican Transgender Man

Originally posted on TransWave:
This is the final part of the series on FJ. Part 2 features a discussion on his identity as a transgender man, some of the challenges he faces and some of the changes he wishes to see. (First part of profile.) What is it like to identify as a transgender man,…

Empowering Caribbean Women: Jamaicans to Attend Sexual Diversity Conference

It started just two years ago in Curaçao. Thirty-five women from 14 countries gathered to learn, share and build advocacy skills, under the inspiring theme: “Strengthening the invisible woman and empowering her to leadership.”  In 2014 in Paramaribo, Suriname, the focus remained on leadership. Now, a delegation of eight Jamaican women from the advocacy group … More Empowering Caribbean Women: Jamaicans to Attend Sexual Diversity Conference