Caribbean Observatory calls for repeal of discriminatory laws infringing LGBTQ+ rights

The Caribbean Observatory on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights is an accredited member of the Caribbean Family Planning Affiliation and the International Planned Parenthood Federation. It is a civil society-led initiative to conduct social monitoring and track progress towards the advancement of integrated  SRHR and gender-based violence (GBV) in the region while advocating for improved … More Caribbean Observatory calls for repeal of discriminatory laws infringing LGBTQ+ rights

Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network – speaking out on children’s rights

As an “older person,” I always believe we should listen to our young people. Whatever they are talking about, whether it’s the environment, LBGT rights, governance issues, and more, it is important to listen to their voices. Not in a patronizing way… Really listen! We can learn so much from each other, across generations. Moreover, … More Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network – speaking out on children’s rights

Women’s voices raised on gender-based violence in Jamaica

The viral video that surfaced earlier this month, and subsequent calls for the alleged perpetrator, a Member of Parliament, to resign, continue to reverberate. Many statements and concerns expressed by various organizations have spoken out strongly on the issue. Here are the voices of some women from a grouping of ten women’s organizations and some … More Women’s voices raised on gender-based violence in Jamaica

Jamaica AIDS Support for Life is Disappointed with Parliamentary Committee’s Report on the Sexual Offences Act

I did mention that a few heavy-duty topics have been in the Jamaican news over the past few weeks. Here is one that I had not touched on at all (and, in fact, it has not had great prominence in the news either, since our local media has been preoccupied with politics and scandals. More … More Jamaica AIDS Support for Life is Disappointed with Parliamentary Committee’s Report on the Sexual Offences Act

Human Rights Day in Jamaica: Against a Background of the Arts, Much to Be Done

Human Rights Day this year was particularly significant for the world. We have to think “world” on Human Rights Day, and then get out our magnifying glasses and zoom in on a map of Jamaica and the Caribbean. For all of us, it was the 70th Anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of … More Human Rights Day in Jamaica: Against a Background of the Arts, Much to Be Done

What’s Happening in Jamaica: June 24/25, 2017

Oh, what a week it’s been, again. More drama. You could never call Jamaica a “sleepy backwater”… “Clear, hold and rebuild”: That is the basis of the Holness administration’s new crime strategy, via the new Zones of Special Operations Bill. Opposition Security Spokesman Peter Bunting – who conceptualised the Unite for Change program a few years back – … More What’s Happening in Jamaica: June 24/25, 2017

Violence Against Women: There’s a Lot of Work to be Done, Says Senator Kamina Johnson Smith

Senator Kamina Johnson Smith has been advocating consistently for the rights of women and girls for some time now, in various fora. The Senator is particularly concerned  with how the law is (or is not) keeping up with the struggles of the 21st century Jamaican woman for equality and justice. As the Sixteen Days of Activism continue, … More Violence Against Women: There’s a Lot of Work to be Done, Says Senator Kamina Johnson Smith

Protecting the Rights of Every Citizen: Debating the Sexual Offences Act

The Sexual Offences Act 2009 is under review by a Joint Select Committee of Parliament, and there is much to be considered and discussed. J-FLAG partnered with Mary Seacole Hall at the University of the West Indies (UWI) to host its second Tertiary Debate to highlight issues related to the legislation and to air and … More Protecting the Rights of Every Citizen: Debating the Sexual Offences Act

LB Graduates “Poised for Advocacy”

“Live. You are beautiful! Live. Live. Live.” The warmly eloquent artist/activist/poet Fabian Thomas embraced the graduates of J-FLAG’s LB (Lesbian/Bisexual) Public Policy Training Program with these words. There were hugs, there was humor and an undercurrent of slightly nervous anticipation that is often a hallmark of graduation ceremonies. But this was something special. As keynote … More LB Graduates “Poised for Advocacy”

Gaytastic! Jamaican LB Women Finding Their Voices

“Empowerment” is probably a much-overused word. But how do highly marginalized groups in society find that energy, that self-confidence to define themselves and play an active role in society, instead of sitting on the sidelines? You’ve got to feel and embrace that power. You’ve got to own it. J-FLAG’s Education and Training Manager Latoya Nugent … More Gaytastic! Jamaican LB Women Finding Their Voices