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.
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
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
Cover photo: 51% Coalition members Indi McLymont Lafayette (left) and Hilary Nicholson, who moderated the unexpectedly large meeting, pause for thought. The past few weeks have been extraordinary. We have seen a surge in violent crime that has frightened many Jamaicans; in particular several abductions and killings of young women and girls. Social media posters … More 51% Coalition Meeting Recommends Priority Actions To Combat Violence Against Women and Girls
A note re: the logo on the home page: The Tambourine Army, created by the leader of WE-Change, is seeking recruits. It describes itself as “a radical movement. It is going to be one of the largest coalitions of organisations and individuals in Jamaica working to remove the scourge of sexual abuse, rape and all … More Reflections on the Sexual Abuse of Our Children: 3 – A Letter from WE-Change on #SayTheirNames
Somehow I am not feeling what people call “the Christmas Spirit,” apart from some Christmas lights and talk of sorrel, pudding and the like. I need to tap into it some more. In fact, it may be my imagination, but people seem a little stressed out this year, for various reasons. Crime (and I am … More Christmas in Kingston, Jamaica: Ten Reasons To Be Cheerful (And There Are More)
We must remind ourselves: Violence against women and girls is a persistent problem, and not only for small developing countries like Jamaica. Below is a message from the Executive Director of UN Women (who was in Jamaica very recently) encouraging the global news media in particular to recognize and highlight International Day to End Violence Against … More End Violence against Women and Girls: A Message from UN Women, and WE-Change’s Orange Lights
Last year, I had the pleasure of meeting the Jamaicans who had been selected for Chevening Scholarships in the UK. It was great getting to know them, and I am sure they benefited greatly from their year of study. This year, even more Jamaicans (and one Bahamian) are going off to the UK shortly. Please find … More 23 Jamaicans Selected as Chevening Scholars: Congrats to All!
It has to be said, and I have to put it on record: PRIDE 2016 was a tremendous success in Jamaica. Last week’s series of events was “incident free” (as the media would say). There was no harassment; no stone-throwing crowds appeared on the horizon. No bad behavior, just pure fun, with a bit of serious … More The Importance of PRIDE Jamaica 2016
Yesterday evening, at Mary Seacole Hall on the University of the West Indies campus, these words resonated: The Rwanda Genocide…highlighted the danger of indifference and the consequences of inaction. The Rwanda genocide occurred not only because of the state-sanctioned culture of hate, but because of crimes of indifference and conspiracies of silence. Yesterday evening, a group … More Remembering the Rwanda Genocide in Jamaica: The Dangers of Indifference and Silence