These are difficult times in Jamaican politics. The traditional way of doing things is simply not working any more, despite the best efforts of politicians and their followers to cling to the “status quo.” Civil society has become better informed and more demanding. Social media is playing its part in raising awareness and political discourse. … More 51% Coalition and UN Women Partner to Build Women as a Political Constituency
Senator Kamina Johnson Smith has been advocating consistently for the rights of women and girls for some time now, in various fora. The Senator is particularly concerned with how the law is (or is not) keeping up with the struggles of the 21st century Jamaican woman for equality and justice. As the Sixteen Days of Activism continue, … More Violence Against Women: There’s a Lot of Work to be Done, Says Senator Kamina Johnson Smith
In the past few weeks, I have interacted quite a bit with young people. Here are a few photos that show our beautiful young women of all ages: engaged, bright, ready to take on the challenges of life!
Eve for Life launched its “Nuh Guh Deh” campaign in Kingston in November. The launch was supported by UNICEF Jamaica and a number of other stakeholders, supporters and clients. You can contact Eve for Life at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (876) 754-3594. You can also find them on Facebook and on Twitter @EveforLife. These are the … More Nuh Guh Deh: Nickeisha’s Story
It is quite amazing to realize that the 51% Coalition: Women in Partnership for Development and Empowerment through Equity is already celebrating its Second Anniversary! It seems such a short time since I last wished them a happy first birthday! I am proud to support such a dynamic and forward-thinking organization, which has made an impact on … More A Tertiary Debate on Quotas for Women’s Leadership: Tomorrow!
Volunteers from Cuso International continue to make purposeful and focused contributions to Jamaica – both at the grassroots level and in steering conversations towards trends and influences in the society. On August 13, 2013, Cuso International Jamaica launched “Gender Mainstreaming: A Way Forward for Cuso International in Jamaica.” This report was part of a regional research project … More Cuso Considers Gender Priorities for Jamaica
We, the 51% Coalition,wholeheartedly welcome the Ministry of Education’s new policy which permits girls who leave school for reasons of pregnancy to return to class after the birth of their child. The 51% Coalition -Women in Partnership for Development and Empowerment through Equity –recognizes that Jamaican citizens are fully aware of the right to education of every child, … More 51% Coalition welcomes positive news for women’s development
In Jamaica, the Letters pages (as well as the ubiquitous and ever-popular radio call-in shows) often provoke useful and productive dialogue on issues affecting Jamaica – issues that may not hit the headlines as “hard” news, but which are crucial to the nation’s development. Mr. Michael Dingwall recently put pen to paper to question the need … More Gender-Based Quotas: “A step forward” towards a more equitable society for all Jamaicans
I have been to several special events and interesting discussions with women on a range of issues lately. I’ve also taken some photographs of some terrific (mostly) Jamaican women whom I admire. This is a dynamic group… and there are many more Jamaican women with so much to offer in the public and private sectors. … More Voices of (Mostly) Jamaican Women
Jamaica is a patriarchal society. Yes, you may say, “But Jamaican women are so strong.” But the evidence is out there and easy to find. Jamaica is a traditional, conservative, patriarchal society. Men in their fifties and sixties run things. They may wear uniform, they may wear a business suit, they may sit in Parliament. But the men … More Exclusion versus Empowerment