April232014

hijabirevolution:

Women Welcome in St Vincent Mosque (Caribbean).

A recent trip to the Caribbean island of St Vincent brought me to a beautiful Musalla (an open space outside of a Mosque used for praying) in the city of Belair. Unlike my visits to Grenada and Antigua, this building was a bit harder to find since it’s information isn’t online. Thankfully, an old friend of my father’s took me into the mountains where this humble and colourful place of worship is located. 

I was happy to see that men and women enter through the same door and share equal prayer areas. The women’s section is a bit elevated and separated by a large window and beautiful latice doorway. Through discussion with Brother Qudamah I learned that the island’s small Muslim community (about 100 people) is made up of local people and university students from countries like Nigeria and Kashmir. And not only are women welcome here, but the musalla is the bottom floor of a Muslim woman’s home. Pretty amazing.

One of the best parts was speaking with Brother Qudamah about mosque politics. He couldn’t understand why many mosques in Barbados don’t make room for women. I realized I wasn’t alone in my outrage, but I was also encouraged to see one more Caribbean island where some Muslims are practicing Islam that values and welcomes women’s presence in prayer spaces. Rather than praying in the designated women’s section Brother Qudamah didn’t think twice to say we should pray together.

It’s been an eye-opening and emotional journey visiting these Mosques and Musalla’s in the Caribbean. I realize that I am not alone in my beliefs, both political and religious, and it’s been a wonderful experience to pray in such beautiful settings.  

5AM

Take Back the Tech, Don’t Take it Away

Take Back the Tech, Don’t Take it Away

Here’s a video clip in which a Trini mom explains that after observing changes in her nine year-old son’s behaviour she became worried that something was wrong.  On attending a PTA meeting she heard teacher express concern about boys performing oral sex on each other at school.  She then states (quite matter-of-factly, in my opinion) that only after she beat her son, to get him to talk, she…

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April212014

Response to Feedback on Performing Good-West-Indian Discipline Online

Response to Feedback on Performing Good-West-Indian Discipline Online

I’ve been getting lots of feedback on my article entitled Performing Good-West-Indian Discipline Online.  I wanted to respond to and engage with those comments so here goes:

One of the key pieces of feedback I received was that I was complicit in the public shaming and violence against the pre-teen girl by sharing the video on facebook and linking to it on the blog.  One person told me that they…

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9AM

Performing Good-West-Indian-Discipline Online

Today I posted this video of a Caribbean mom beating her 12-year-old daughter with a belt for talking to and sending photos of herself to a man online.  In the comments which followed on the CODE RED facebook page two persons wrote that they were unable to watch the video as they felt sick to their stomachs.

I was taken aback by their comments. Or rather, I felt their comments were dishonest. 

I…

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6AM

Who’s next?

Who’s next?

Guest post by Colin Robinson

Who’s Next? is a free noon event on Thursday at NGC Bocas Lit Fest at the Old Fire Station in Port-of- Spain. Seven intriguing new voices offer a tease of T&T’s writing future. The literary festival is overflowing with treats. I’d promised to unwrap more today, but life has overtaken literature. There’ve been resignations, and calls for resignations: independent…

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April182014
No Laughing Matter: Stories of rape and sexual assault in Caribbean media this week

Laughing at boys who are raped The Jamaica Observer treated readers recently to the most crass and reprehensible of cartoons which pokes fun at the rape of boys in institutionalized care.

No Laughing Matter: Stories of rape and sexual assault in Caribbean media this week

Laughing at boys who are raped The Jamaica Observer treated readers recently to the most crass and reprehensible of cartoons which pokes fun at the rape of boys in institutionalized care.

March312014
March302014
2PM

Top 10 sexist and heterosexist moments in Caribbean Politics

Contribute to the final list of top 10 sexist & heterosexist moments in Caribbean politics by leaving your suggestions in the comments below.  

March242014
“Already for the first two weeks of 2014, Carlissa Matthews, Marcia Adams, Judith Singh and Raveena Cozier lost their lives at the hands of their partners or ex-partners in Guyana (where 23 women were killed in 2013). Already for the first two weeks in Trinidad & Tobago, Dian Paladee and Amanda Persad were murdered by partners who then committed suicide. In Barbados Cheryl Bourne-Reifer was murdered in February, and just a few weeks ago the battered body 23 year old Guyanese Onicka Gulliver, who had been reported missing, was found. This week’s column, which comes to us from Barbados, expresses the outrage that so many of us feel, that we should all feel, at the inadequate, dismissive and misogynistic responses to the ongoing violence that is claiming the lives of too many women across the Caribbean. What is especially outrageous, and a tragic but sure sign of just what we are up against, is that some of these responses come from those who have been appointed – or have appointed themselves – to organizations and even state institutions that claim to be on the same side as those who are speaking out against the epidemic of domestic violence across the Caribbean.” http://www.stabroeknews.com/2014/features/in-the-diaspora/03/24/will-take-sitting/
March222014
3PM

An activist walks out of a meeting…

An activist walks out of a meeting…

A longstanding feminist activist in Barbados walked out of a panel discussion in protest of what she felt were misogynist comments from one of the speakers.

Said speaker is the recipient of the Gold Crown of Merit and has been on a near 15-year tirade of misogyny masquerading as support for men’s interests. His usual line is that women who are murdered by their intimate partners have provoked…

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March42014
Barbados CEDAW Town Hall Meeting This Thursday!

Barbados signed the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1981.

Barbados CEDAW Town Hall Meeting This Thursday!

Barbados signed the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1981.

February192014
CODE RED Women’s Circles: More photos & details on Caribbean young feminist activism here.
Our redforgender ID will take you to us on twitter, tumblr, facebook and wordpress.

CODE RED Women’s Circles: More photos & details on Caribbean young feminist activism here.

Our redforgender ID will take you to us on twitter, tumblr, facebook and wordpress.

February172014
Jamaica: Children Rented Out to Beggars, Advocate Group InvestigatesOriginally posted on Repeating Islands:








A very sad situation indeed. It seems like the…View Post

Jamaica: Children Rented Out to Beggars, Advocate Group Investigates

Originally posted on Repeating Islands:

A very sad situation indeed. It seems like the…

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