Jamaican leaders, citizens must “act firmly” on violence against women – enough talk

Case closed. The Jamaica Constabulary Force put out a statement on Friday (April 16th) that it cannot continue investigations into a violent episode that took place in a parking lot ten days earlier, because the two people involved (a man and a woman) are not willing to press complaints. Also, the JCF said, the quality … More Jamaican leaders, citizens must “act firmly” on violence against women – enough talk

Justice Delayed, Denied for Domestic Violence Victims

I have not mentioned the recent case of a woman who, after suffering violence at the hands of her spouse, went to a police station and was turned away because she was violating the COVID-19 curfew. She was refused help. Domestic violence is insidious. It eats into your very soul. It is not only the … More Justice Delayed, Denied for Domestic Violence Victims

Civil Society Collaborative Forum Will Protect Patients’ Maternal, Neonatal and Infant Health Rights

Nowadays, we talk a lot about “partnerships.” They make sense for a number of reasons – not least as a way of pooling resources and making resources stretch further. The EU-funded Partnership for the Promotion of Patients’ Rights in Maternal, Neonatal & Infant Health in Jamaica (The MNIH Project), led by Professor Wendel Abel and … More Civil Society Collaborative Forum Will Protect Patients’ Maternal, Neonatal and Infant Health Rights

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

51% Coalition Meeting Recommends Priority Actions To Combat Violence Against Women and Girls

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

Death of a Tivoli Teen, The Flat Bridge Syndrome and Alarm Bells on HIV/AIDS: Jamaica, July 17, 2016

This week has again been a “What’s wrong with the world/Jamaica/everywhere?” sort of week. At home, we had the horror of the murder of a little girl, reportedly left home alone; several police killings; and the usual mayhem on the roads – including the deaths of six people who ended up in the waters of … More Death of a Tivoli Teen, The Flat Bridge Syndrome and Alarm Bells on HIV/AIDS: Jamaica, July 17, 2016

51% Coalition Congratulates MPs, Seeks Greater Gender Balance In Leadership

Here’s a statement from the 51% Coalition: Women in Partnership for Empowerment and Development, following general elections. Women certainly showed a higher profile during the election campaign, both as candidates and as commentators in the traditional and social media. I look forward to their energetic participation in the new administration.  The 51% Coalition would like … More 51% Coalition Congratulates MPs, Seeks Greater Gender Balance In Leadership

Our Yale World Fellow Did Well, Bolivar Wheeled Out Again, Bloggers in the Making: Sunday, September 6, 2015

There have been one or two surprises in the past few days: a big rain shower in Kingston, for example, and the Reggae Boyz’ 3-2 loss at home to Nicaragua in a World Cup qualifier. But it has been mostly an “I told you so” week. Predictability rules. As if we didn’t know things were … More Our Yale World Fellow Did Well, Bolivar Wheeled Out Again, Bloggers in the Making: Sunday, September 6, 2015