UNICEF Worried About Violence in the Lives of Jamaican Children and Adolescents

“He hit me first!” A memory turns itself over. We were driving in heavy traffic somewhere in town, when we observed a scene being played out by the side of the road. A group of adults and one child – a small boy, maybe four or five years old, was being loudly reprimanded by an … More UNICEF Worried About Violence in the Lives of Jamaican Children and Adolescents

Eight Jamaican Women Share Their Wishes and Hopes for Jamaica in 2017

2017 is well under way now, and so far it is looking challenging. You could say, however, that each year presents us with new challenges (and many old ones, hung over from the previous year). I asked some women about their expectations and hopes for Jamaica this year. Here are their thoughts, and I would … More Eight Jamaican Women Share Their Wishes and Hopes for Jamaica in 2017

Jamaica, Saturday April 9, 2016: Anti-Nepotism, Our CARICOM Grievances and Deaf Can! Coffee is Delicious!

We had rain and yes – plenty of it, in Kingston. Nights are deliciously cool. Our adolescent dog, perhaps invigorated, is busy destroying everything (she does not want to grow up, it appears). She has a particular love of plastic – we should employ her at one of our growing number of recycling centers. The … More Jamaica, Saturday April 9, 2016: Anti-Nepotism, Our CARICOM Grievances and Deaf Can! Coffee is Delicious!

Violence Against Women: When Are We Going to Address It, Seriously?

It’s always there. A continuous backdrop to our daily lives. Violence against women is a serious developmental issue because it has many implications for the individual(s), families, communities and the nation at large. That is, gender-based violence has serious long-term implications for women and their children and has social and economic costs for the society, … More Violence Against Women: When Are We Going to Address It, Seriously?