Weekend Review – What’s Happening in Jamaica: July 1/2, 2017

Phew! It has been oppressively hot again this week, and the mosquitoes have gone into overdrive. I am afraid to venture into my front yard, where the grass is getting too long. Our dogs are silent during the day. I know how they feel… June was a horrible month for murders. 141 Jamaicans were murdered up … More Weekend Review – What’s Happening in Jamaica: July 1/2, 2017

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

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

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