International Rural Women’s Day in Cockpit Country (and beyond)

Happy International Rural Women’s Day! This year, the focus is on women farmers. Frequently lauded for their strength, hard work and resilience, they are a solid presence in rural Jamaica – over one third of rural women are farmers. Three years ago, I met a group of them at a Farmer’s School graduation ceremony, and … More International Rural Women’s Day in Cockpit Country (and beyond)

#RuralWomenTalk: The 51% Coalition Goes on the Road

The 51% Coalition has been busy. With funding from UN Women and with the partnership of Fi Wi Jamaica, the Jamaica Network of Rural Women Producers and others, the Coalition has traveled to several corners of the island for discussions with women on their issues, their concerns – and solutions. Each session also included presentations on human rights and … More #RuralWomenTalk: The 51% Coalition Goes on the Road

51% Coalition and UN Women Partner to Build Women as a Political Constituency

These are difficult times in Jamaican politics. The traditional way of doing things is simply not working any more, despite the best efforts of politicians and their followers to cling to the “status quo.” Civil society has become better informed and more demanding. Social media is playing its part in raising awareness and political discourse. … More 51% Coalition and UN Women Partner to Build Women as a Political Constituency