International Women’s Day 2017 in Jamaica: Gender-Based Violence on the Agenda


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

WROC Calls for Comprehensive Strategy to Address Violence Against Women and Girls


Here is today’s press release from the Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC), a member organization of the 51% Coalition. The Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC) shares the justifiable outrage of all well-thinking Jamaican citizens at the spate of killings of women, which has been taking place in our nation. We share the view … More WROC Calls for Comprehensive Strategy to Address Violence Against Women and Girls

End Violence against Women and Girls: A Message from UN Women, and WE-Change’s Orange Lights


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

Have We Dropped the Ball on Protecting Our Priceless Oceans? Wayne Campbell asks…


Have we done a poor job at protecting our oceans? Blogger Wayne Campbell thinks so – although it’s never too late and we must now do what we can to combat climate change and restore health to our marine and land environment (of course, it’s all connected). Here is Wayne’s article for World Oceans Day, published … More Have We Dropped the Ball on Protecting Our Priceless Oceans? Wayne Campbell asks…

High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS: Civil Society Calls UN Declaration “A Globally Sanctioned Death Warrant for Key Populations”


The High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS opened today at the United Nations in New York. However, many global civil society organizations – including the Kingston-based Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) – are not happy with the 2016 Political Declaration, which they say does not include key at-risk populations. Here is their press release, dated today. … More High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS: Civil Society Calls UN Declaration “A Globally Sanctioned Death Warrant for Key Populations”

Female Genital Mutilation: A Serious Violation of Girls’ and Women’s Rights


Here is a post by fellow blogger and educator Wayne Campbell. You can find the link to this article here: http://wayaine.blogspot.com/2016/02/female-genital-mutilation.html  As the World Health Organization states: “Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a violation of the human rights of girls and women.” (See: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs241/en/) Here’s something I found out today: An estimated 137,000 women and girls are … More Female Genital Mutilation: A Serious Violation of Girls’ and Women’s Rights