JFJ Delivers Open Letter with 2,730 Signatures to Parliament Demanding Legal Reform on Sexual Harassment Bill


A wave of anger surged on social media recently, after Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck made a casual (and at the same time pointed) remark regarding the #MeToo movement at a parliamentary committee meeting examining proposed Sexual Harassment legislation. Minister Chuck’s observations, captured on a television news report, were: “We don’t want the situation that now happens … More JFJ Delivers Open Letter with 2,730 Signatures to Parliament Demanding Legal Reform on Sexual Harassment Bill

Thoughts on International Women’s Day 2020 and the Disappearance of Jasmine Dean


This could turn into a long post, because there is “so much things to say,” as Bob Marley sang. Where to start? I have been browsing, reading, and writing, for most of the day. There were of course several events for International Women’s Day in Jamaica, including a tribute to Mary Seacole at the Institute … More Thoughts on International Women’s Day 2020 and the Disappearance of Jasmine Dean

It Happen Fi Real: Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Private Sector Workplace


It Happen Fi Real! Yes, it really did happen. Don’t you believe me? How can a woman working in the private sector make progress in her work and career if she fears sexual harassment – and worse still, if she realizes no one really cares or believes her claims? Moreover, how can a company expect … More It Happen Fi Real: Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Private Sector Workplace

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

From “Victim” to “Survivor” of Gender-Based Violence: Jamaica Urgently Needs More Shelters


Women who are experiencing violence and abuse in their lives, especially at the hands of a partner, are incredibly vulnerable. Yet we may chat with them in a line at the supermarket, pass them by on the street, even work with them on a daily basis, without realising what they are going through. Gender-based violence … More From “Victim” to “Survivor” of Gender-Based Violence: Jamaica Urgently Needs More Shelters

International Women’s Day 2017 in Jamaica: Gender-Based Violence on the Agenda


The Women’s Movement in Jamaica, in the Caribbean, and I suspect worldwide, is going through some interesting times. This is a world of “fake news” and social media, hashtags and hardening positions. The concepts of love, peace, unity and solidarity are fighting for survival in the TrumpWorld. I get the feeling people aren’t listening to … More International Women’s Day 2017 in Jamaica: Gender-Based Violence on the Agenda

WROC Calls for Comprehensive Strategy to Address Violence Against Women and Girls


Here is today’s press release from the Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC), a member organization of the 51% Coalition. The Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC) shares the justifiable outrage of all well-thinking Jamaican citizens at the spate of killings of women, which has been taking place in our nation. We share the view … More WROC Calls for Comprehensive Strategy to Address Violence Against Women and Girls

Thank you, Michelle and Suzanne and Max: Let the Dance Begin


I very rarely write about spiritual matters. I have also not commented on the current U.S. election campaign, except to share some tweets. Yet, like many other women around the world, I have been deeply disturbed, spiritually and mentally, by the growing atmosphere – the scornful hatred and the focused disrespect against women (AND girls) … More Thank you, Michelle and Suzanne and Max: Let the Dance Begin

#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 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