October182014

Questioning Caribbean media’s response to Ebola

Dear Editors:

Should we not be at the point where editorial and journalistic responses to ebola focus on the provision of useful information so that we the public can make decisions and take actions to safeguard each other and visitors to our shores? I fear a call for political parties not to see this as an occasion for social division, and headlining a caution in respect of Barbados regarding…

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October52014
Jamaican principal mandates a hemline of 11 inches below the knee for girls.  Click here to learn about how the sexualization of girls bodies and anxieties over girls’ sexuality is contributing to rape culture in the Caribbean where we’re getting it wrong on rape. 

Jamaican principal mandates a hemline of 11 inches below the knee for girls.  Click here to learn about how the sexualization of girls bodies and anxieties over girls’ sexuality is contributing to rape culture in the Caribbean where we’re getting it wrong on rape. 

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Getting It Wrong On Rape Or No Sperm, No Rape, Or Why a Two-Year-Old Girl Does Not Need to be Taught Modesty

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After an Indigenous Guyanese woman reported that she was drugged and gang-raped at the hotel where she worked and police had no intention of investigating the rape, women took to the streets in protest and solidarity.

One local newspaperalleges that police are not investigating the rape because the woman admitted to “drinking Red Bull and Hennessey”. It also quoted a police offical as saying,…

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Calling for Justice – In Solidarity with Trinidad’s Highway Re-Route Movement

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Guest post by Angelique V. Nixon

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On Thursday 2 October, people from across Trinidad came together in solidarity to support the women of the Highway Re-Route Movement (HRM), outside the Office of the Prime Minister. We joined with representatives from women’s organisations and other civil society organisations to make our voices heardabout social justice, environmental degradation, and government…

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August282014

Empowering the Young Women of Jamaica: Eve for Life (and Save the Date!)

Empowering the Young Women of Jamaica: Eve for Life (and Save the Date!)

Originally posted on Petchary’s Blog:

Saturday, October 11, 2014 is the UN International Day of the Girl Child. This special day aims to “recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world,” says the United Nations.

International Day of the Girl Child

International Day of the Girl Child

What is it like to be a 21st century girl? In many parts of the world, girls face discrimination. In some…

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things people still don’t want to talk about

things people still don’t want to talk about

Originally posted on freedombyanymeans:

about 2 weeks ago, my second column on health and wellness- Break the Taboo Against Abortion NOW- was published in Stabroek News. there were *zero* comments on the article online, and the only response i got was this letter- Men’s role in Abortion- from Vidyaratha Kissoon..

meanwhile, this- hospitalised woman denies connection to dead foetus; infanticide…

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August142014
August92014

Woman Hold Your Head And Cry

Woman Hold Your Head And Cry

Originally posted on freedombyanymeans:

Woman Hold Your Head and Cry

Today was supposed to be Groundings #5. We’ve been good about sticking to our twice a month schedule and I had been able to convince Vidya to try a different location this time (High and Hadfield St- a corner close to my heart from People’s Parliament days), so I was looking forward to it.

I had to go to court in the morning,…

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August62014

Reclaiming Self, Street, Society (for Tyra and Jada and all of us)

Reclaiming Self, Street, Society (for Tyra and Jada and all of us)

Originally posted on freedombyanymeans:

I recently wrote about an encounter I had with a man while I was walking down the street. He offered me a lift (on his squeaky bicycle); I politely declined, and he rode away. As a woman walking alone on the street, such encounters are a regular occurrence. The reason that particular encounter was noteworthy (besides the squeaky bicycle ;) was his calm and…

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August22014

Increasing understanding and reducing stigma around mental illness in Guyana

Increasing understanding and reducing stigma around mental illness in Guyana

Originally posted on freedombyanymeans:

Increasing understanding and reducing stigma around mental illness in Guyana
Posted on August 1, 2014 In Daily, Features

Introduction
Starting today, Stabroek News will publish a biweekly column by Sherlina Nageer on various wellness-related issues, including sexual, reproductive, women, and children’s health, nutrition, primary health care, alternative…

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July102014
July92014

Black Man nah guh know dem selves till dem back against the wall-Beyond the IMF and Geopolitical Economics

Black Man nah guh know dem selves till dem back against the wall-Beyond the IMF and Geopolitical Economics

Originally posted on 1981:

plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”

“Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.” William Butler Yeats’s poem “The Second Coming,”

If yuh nah pay attention yuh probably wouldn’t notice seh Christine Lagard di IMF lady, just come a Jamaica…

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July72014

Afifa Aza: There’s More to Life Than Just Getting By

Afifa Aza: There’s More to Life Than Just Getting By

Originally posted on Petchary’s Blog:

“People are leaving here, because it’s not livable. I want to make it livable.”

I often see Afifa Aza in our favorite café in Kingston, perched at a table with headphones on her ears. She has a self-deprecating smile and tufty hair. She is an artist – an artist who is also an activist. She wants to “guide ideas,” to help them grow. And to help Jamaica grow…

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July22014
So it was never about truth all along. Or science. Or freedom of speech. Or the children. It was and is about being able to publicly express bigoted anti-homosexual views without social censure or professional repercussions. Stirring up hate while professing Christian love.
From No Science is Neutral: A Long Hard Look at the Bain Affidavit and the Aftermath

So it was never about truth all along. Or science. Or freedom of speech. Or the children. It was and is about being able to publicly express bigoted anti-homosexual views without social censure or professional repercussions. Stirring up hate while professing Christian love.

From No Science is Neutral: A Long Hard Look at the Bain Affidavit and the Aftermath

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No Science is Neutral : A long hard look at Bain’s Affidavit and the Aftermath  

No Science is Neutral : A long hard look at Bain’s Affidavit and the Aftermath  

Originally posted on Groundation Grenada:

 :: by Tonya Haynes & Angelique V. Nixon::

 “Expectations” from The Neighbourhood Report by Barbadian artist Ewan Atkinson

Since the announcement of the terminationof Professor Bain’s short post-retirement contract with CHART (Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training Network), there has been a growing movement in protest over his termination. Most…

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