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

JFJ Delivers Open Letter with 2,730 Signatures to Parliament Demanding Legal Reform on Sexual Harassment Bill

A wave of anger surged on social media recently, after Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck made a casual (and at the same time pointed) remark regarding the #MeToo movement at a parliamentary committee meeting examining proposed Sexual Harassment legislation. Minister Chuck’s observations, captured on a television news report, were: “We don’t want the situation that now happens … More JFJ Delivers Open Letter with 2,730 Signatures to Parliament Demanding Legal Reform on Sexual Harassment Bill

WROC Honors the Women of the Lyndhurst/Greenwich Community

First of all, I wish the Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC) a Very Happy 35th Birthday! The community-based organisation was established on International Women’s Day, 1983. On that day this year – March 8 – WROC paid tribute to those women who have worked hard over the  years to uplift and support the residents of the Lyndhurst/Greenwich … More WROC Honors the Women of the Lyndhurst/Greenwich Community

WROC Says High Number of Illegal Abortions Begs Public Attention

As I mentioned in my blog a few days ago, I am glad that Health Minister Christopher Tufton has decided to address, in a thoughtful and holistic way, the issue of abortion – one that, for various reasons has been repeatedly swept under the carpet in this country. I am thankful too that the issue … More WROC Says High Number of Illegal Abortions Begs Public Attention

Three Responses To the Government’s New Anti-Crime Measures

Now, if you read my blog regularly, you will know that almost every Jamaican, at home and abroad, has been agonizing over our soaring crime (read: murder) rate – especially since the start of the year. Murders are up some 30 per cent over the same period last year, which is of course very disturbing. … More Three Responses To the Government’s New Anti-Crime Measures

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resilient

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is on the theme “Resilient.” I thought of the resilience of humans. In the past year, there have been many stories of resilience, in Jamaica and around the world: Aleppo, Yemen, the plight of migrants and refugees. Resilience is not just about strength and toughness. It’s also about overcoming obstacles and … More Weekly Photo Challenge: Resilient

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

51% Coalition’s Public Forum on Building a Women’s Constituency: TOMORROW (Thursday July 28): Do Join Us!

Tomorrow (Thursday July 28), the 51% Coalition will ask the question: What Do Jamaican Women Want? at a public forum sponsored by UN Women in partnership with Fi Wi Jamaica. The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m at the Medallion Hall Hotel, 53 Hope Road, Kingston 6. Do join us! There … More 51% Coalition’s Public Forum on Building a Women’s Constituency: TOMORROW (Thursday July 28): Do Join Us!

Climate Change: Let’s Prepare To Survive As Best We Can

The Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21) is now several weeks behind us, but is by no means “last year’s news.” I am continuing to share with you feedback and opinions from around the Caribbean. Please find below the official report of the Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action (CAFRA), compiled by Chairperson Flavia Cherry. … More Climate Change: Let’s Prepare To Survive As Best We Can

Violence Against Women: When Are We Going to Address It, Seriously?

It’s always there. A continuous backdrop to our daily lives. Violence against women is a serious developmental issue because it has many implications for the individual(s), families, communities and the nation at large. That is, gender-based violence has serious long-term implications for women and their children and has social and economic costs for the society, … More Violence Against Women: When Are We Going to Address It, Seriously?