Jamaica AIDS Support for Life Targets Youth for Safer Sex Week

Valentine’s Day is pretty big in Jamaica. In uptown Kingston, there are brunches and concerts and special events. The town is flooded with imported roses, shiny boxes of chocolates and teddy bears with loving messages. The flower sellers on the corner near our house went into overdrive yesterday, setting out tables full of merchandise. It’s … More Jamaica AIDS Support for Life Targets Youth for Safer Sex Week

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?

Empowering the Young Women of Jamaica: Eve for Life (and Save the Date!)

Saturday, October 11, 2014 is the UN International Day of the Girl Child. This special day aims to “recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world,” says the United Nations. What is it like to be a 21st century girl? In many parts of the world, girls face discrimination. In some countries, they … More Empowering the Young Women of Jamaica: Eve for Life (and Save the Date!)

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On Wednesday morning, just as the rush hour traffic was building up about five minutes away from our house, two dead bodies were found on a scruffy open lot – one of those that is fenced, but does not really keep people out. One man was lying on his back, the other face down with … More Dark