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

We naa ease up! On violence against women and children.

There is something we call a “nine day wonder” in Jamaica. It may be a common phenomenon elsewhere, too. A controversial and pressing matter arises (often a manifestation of a frequently recurring issue that has never been properly addressed – such as this one) and there is a furore on social media, with traditional media … More We naa ease up! On violence against women and children.

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

We must “do more” to combat violence against women, Jamaica’s Gender Advisory Committee urges

I am not done with the domestic violence issue yet – which reared its ugly head with the emergence of a viral video, allegedly showing a parliamentarian hitting a woman with a stool, earlier this month. Mr. Wright has now taken leave from Parliament and his lawyer says that comments in the public domain may … More We must “do more” to combat violence against women, Jamaica’s Gender Advisory Committee urges

Ending violence against Jamaican women in the context of HIV and AIDS

Following up on International Women’s Day, I sat in on an excellent session organized by Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL) and funded by the European Union in Jamaica. Sadly, on such occasions the issue of violence against women is a recurring factor. We have to confront it, again and again. And so, yesterday, we … More Ending violence against Jamaican women in the context of HIV and AIDS

Real Leadership on International Women’s Day – Choosing to Challenge the Status Quo

Tomorrow (Monday, March 8) is International Women’s Day. So, tomorrow, women (and men, and all gender identities) are being asked to raise their right hand symbolically in a gesture to suggest that they #ChooseToChallenge inequality, discrimination, bias and stereotypes. It’s a call to action. As Joy Crawford, Executive Director of the Jamaican non-profit organization Eve … More Real Leadership on International Women’s Day – Choosing to Challenge the Status Quo

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

51% Coalition Speaks Out on the Murder of Mickolle Moulton

What a strange and difficult week it has been. In the early hours of Independence Day, gunmen fired on two girls (sisters, aged seventeen and twelve) as they slept, pushing their guns through a louver window, in the inner city area of Arnett Gardens. The seventeen year-old, Mickolle Moulton, is dead and her sister is … More 51% Coalition Speaks Out on the Murder of Mickolle Moulton

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