Jamaican gender activist Linnette Vassell tells older women: “Step out of fear”

I have a mental gathering of “Jamaicans I admire” in my head. They never cease to inspire me. They are young, and older, and in between, and in all walks of life. Linnette Vassell is one. This quiet afternoon – the first in three days of COVID-19 lockdown – I listened to a short interview … More Jamaican gender activist Linnette Vassell tells older women: “Step out of fear”

We naa ease up! On violence against women and children.

There is something we call a “nine day wonder” in Jamaica. It may be a common phenomenon elsewhere, too. A controversial and pressing matter arises (often a manifestation of a frequently recurring issue that has never been properly addressed – such as this one) and there is a furore on social media, with traditional media … More We naa ease up! On violence against women and children.

Women’s voices raised on gender-based violence in Jamaica

The viral video that surfaced earlier this month, and subsequent calls for the alleged perpetrator, a Member of Parliament, to resign, continue to reverberate. Many statements and concerns expressed by various organizations have spoken out strongly on the issue. Here are the voices of some women from a grouping of ten women’s organizations and some … More Women’s voices raised on gender-based violence in Jamaica

Partnership for Women’s Health and Wellbeing: Submission to Parliamentary Committee Considering Abortion Law Reform

On Tuesday, June 5, 2018, Juliet Cuthbert Flynn, a Government Member of Parliament, tabled the following motion in the House of Representatives: MOTION TABLED IN PARLIAMENT BY Juliet Cuthbert Flynn, MP, West Rural St. Andrew (JLP) “BE IT RESOLVED that this Honourable House consider the recommendations of the Abortion Policy Group, which was established to … More Partnership for Women’s Health and Wellbeing: Submission to Parliamentary Committee Considering Abortion Law Reform

Women’s Empowerment Group Graduates From Integrity and Advocacy Programme in Style

I have done a lot of celebrating in the past week or two, as we move down towards Christmas. One project that I am proud to have been involved with (in a small way) was the Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre’s (WROC) Strengthening a Culture of Integrity in Jamaica project, implemented in collaboration with National Integrity Action … More Women’s Empowerment Group Graduates From Integrity and Advocacy Programme in Style

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

Advocates for Partnership for the Promotion of Patients’ Rights in Maternal, Neonatal and Infant Health Support MP Cuthbert Flynn’s Motion to Decriminalise Abortion in Jamaica

Yesterday in Parliament, Juliet Cuthbert Flynn filed a Private Member’s Motion for the repeal of two sections of the Offences Against the Persons Act. She would like the House of Representatives to consider the recommendations of the Abortion Policy Group – in 2007, eleven years ago – established to provide guidance on the matter. Here … More Advocates for Partnership for the Promotion of Patients’ Rights in Maternal, Neonatal and Infant Health Support MP Cuthbert Flynn’s Motion to Decriminalise Abortion in Jamaica

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, NIA Empower Young People to Speak Out Against Violence and Corruption

This partnership seems like a perfect match to me: The Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC), which is based in Lyndhurst/Greenwich and surrounding communities in Kingston, and the anti-corruption lobby group National Integrity Action (NIA) are collaborating on the Strengthening a Culture of Integrity in Jamaica project. This initiative seeks to address some of the challenges young … More WROC, NIA Empower Young People to Speak Out Against Violence and Corruption

Doctors Urged to Support Patients’ Rights at Medical Ethics Conference in Jamaica

Last weekend there was an important Ethics Conference at the University of the West Indies (UWI) – with some important messages. Here is more from the Programme for the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality/PROMAC, which is being implemented by UWI and the Women’s  Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC). Doctors Urged to Support Patients’ Rights KINGSTON, … More Doctors Urged to Support Patients’ Rights at Medical Ethics Conference in Jamaica