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 countries, they are forced into early marriages(46% of girls in India, for example) –  which they are physically and psychologically unprepared for. In many countries, girls are subject to physical and sexual abuse. Millions of girls up to fifteen years of age endure and suffer from female genital mutilation (circumcision). Many are deprived of a proper education. Many are forced into child labor, sexual exploitation and human trafficking. The International Day of the Girl Child focuses on the need to address these difficulties, to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment…

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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 charge pending- happened. SIGH. 33 years old. mother of 10 already. now facing charge of infanticide. WHO IS GOING TO TAKE CARE OF HER 10 CHILDREN IF SHE IS JAILED?? ABORTION IS (THEORETICALLY) LEGAL IN GUYANA! WHY WHY WHY THEN IS SHE IN THIS SHIT? NO BIRTH CONTROL/ FAMILY PLANNING. FORCED TO RESORT TO THIS. AND NOW FACING A JAIL SENTENCE. I REPEAT- WHO IS GOING TO TAKE CARE OF HER 10 CHILDREN WHEN THE POLICE LOCK HER UP????





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Mario Deane Is Only A Statistic, But What An Awful Statistic It Is!

Originally posted on Under the Saltire Flag:


The case of Mario Deane represents a very human and tragic story — a story that should make us all angry. As the cliche goes, he should not be reduced to a statistic. And yet, those statistics tell an important story, one that shouldn’t lessen our anger but should focus it. Here are those statistics:


In the last 20 years in Jamaica, at least 200 people have been killed each year by police. This is not an average. 200 is the lowest number killed in any given year. In some years the figure is actually much higher than that.

To put this into another statistical context, let us consider the UK – a country with a population 23 times higher than Jamaica’s. The UK does not report police killings 23 times more than Jamaica’s. Over the last 20 years a total of 1433 people have died after having had some manner of…

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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, to support my trans friends who had been shot at one night while they were by the Cathedral (even though they got the license number of the vehicle involved, it took over a month and picketing the station for the police to ‘investigate’ and bring charges against the shooters). But Groundings wasn’t until 3pm, so my plan was to go to Court and do a little bit of marketing, then return home to unload and relax during the hottest, mid part…

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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 non-aggressive response after I declined; other men, more often than not, continue to harass long after disinterest has been made clear. Sometimes their attention turns abusive with rejection and sometimes I have to “play mad” and/or buse them before they leave me alone. So when a man takes ‘no’ quietly- well that is something to write home about. Sad, isn’t it? But that is where we are today as a society.

A couple days after I wrote about bicycle man, I read an article written by…

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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

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 and traditional medicine, chronic diseases, as well as issues around training, monitoring and evaluation, health policy and education among other areas.


My grandmother Gulshan was sent to the ‘Berbice mad house’ not long after she gave birth to my father. For years, no one in my family mentioned her – she was, after all, ‘a mad woman’, and therefore persona non grata. Never mind that there is a valid medical condition called post-partum depression, which has been known to affect mothers in all societies around the world for centuries, and which has been recognised as a real illness by medical professionals for…

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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 come tell we fi mek sure we dollar devalue/”right value” ( reach $500 to 1 or more). She and the IMF seh weh we did a do before caan work so it need fi find it right value.

The Government of Jamaica has announced the visit of Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Ms. Christine Lagarde, and her delegation to Jamaica.

On Friday, June 27, 2014, Ms. Lagarde will meet with Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller; Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon…

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