Protecting Wood and Water: Women in St. Thomas

Xaymaca is the Arawak (Taino) name for Jamaica. It means “Land of Wood and Water.”  The Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC) has a small and unpretentious office in Kingston. And it has an outstretched arm, too – eastwards, over the struggling community of Bull Bay and its dusty environs to the rich pastures, rivers and … More Protecting Wood and Water: Women in St. Thomas

Violence Against Women, Part 2: Gently Unplugging the Patriarchy

Who feels it, knows it. Although the Sixteen Days of Activism following the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women officially ended yesterday (Human Rights Day), I had to write this postscript to Jamaica’s official recognition of that day – a carefully structured but ultimately dissatisfying exercise. There was a catalog of woes; … More Violence Against Women, Part 2: Gently Unplugging the Patriarchy

Violence Against Women, Part 1: How Much is the Media to Blame?

November 25 is the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. As such, it is always recognized by the Jamaican Government with a major event, hosted by the Bureau of Women’s Affairs. For many reasons, this is a topic very close to my heart; and it is an area of such burning … More Violence Against Women, Part 1: How Much is the Media to Blame?