Jamaica’s Journey to Gender Equity
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28 Feb 2017

Jamaica’s Journey to Gender Equity

I was recruited as a Gender Advisor in Jamaica beginning in January 2016. For the past five years, I have been providing advisory and technical contributions and guidance in the area of gender equality to organisations in Africa, Europe and North America. Despite the fact that Jamaica has the highest proportion of women managers (60%) globally, there is a long way to go before the country achieves...

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Inspiring Hundreds of Young Entrepreneurs in Jamaica
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28 Jan 2017

Inspiring Hundreds of Young Entrepreneurs in Jamaica

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” KINGSTON – On Saturday, January 21, 2017 the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) hosted their first entrepreneur conference, ‘Young Entrepreneur: Own Your Future’. The conference was held at the Courtleigh Auditorium...

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Violence Against Women (Gender-based violence)
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19 Nov 2016

Violence Against Women (Gender-based violence)

The issue of gender-based violence reaches every corner of the world. The numbers of women and girls affected by this problem are staggering. Violence against women and girls is a global epidemic that affects the health and economic stability of women, their families, and their communities. What is gender-based violence? ‘Gender-based violence’ (GBV) and ‘violence against women’ are terms that are often used interchangeably as...

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Push For Greater Women’s Rights in Jamaica
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13 Nov 2016

Push For Greater Women’s Rights in Jamaica

In Jamaica, the social discrimination against women, particularly with regards to sexual violence, is often exacerbated by the criminal justice system; many women in the country are reluctant to report incidences of gender-based violence to the police. Consequently, it is estimated that only about 25% of sexual violence is reported. Across all social groups, violence and various forms of abuse are part of the daily experience...

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Copyright: Robin Hammond / Panos
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28 Oct 2016

Empowering Women For Sustainable Development

Sustainable development is “development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”[1] I have been writing and talking a lot (on my YouTube channel) about the importance of including women’s needs in every aspect of global development because gender disparity is among the most pervasive forms of inequality in the world[2]. Without serious steps...

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Women in Politics
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22 Oct 2016

Women in Politics

The equal participation of women in politics and government is integral to building strong communities and vibrant democracies in which women and men can grow. By voting, running for office, and engaging in civil society as leaders and activists, women shape laws, policies, and decision-making in ways that reflect their interests and needs, as well as those of their families and communities. However, from the...

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Women Leadership in the Workplace
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15 Oct 2016

Women Leadership in the Workplace

Women have made great progress in the workplace, but inequality persists. It isn’t news that, in 2016, women remain underrepresented across organizations, especially at senior levels of leadership. In this article, we are going to take a look at the ways men and women inhabit the world of work and what can be done to make them more equal. Women in the workplace: According the a study...

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Women in Sport
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01 Sep 2016

Women in Sport

Did you know that the goal of gender equality is enshrined in the Olympic Charter? At the 2016 Olympics, a number of remarkable women have captured the world’s attention with their record-breaking achievements. However, the attention was not so much focused on their performance but rather on the comparison with their male counterpart. For example, American gymnast Simone Biles, kept getting compared to male athletes who...

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30 Jul 2016

Gender Equality in Humanitarian Aid

“Emergencies expose and reinforce existing gender discriminatory practices and deepen the vulnerabilities of women and girls in societies.” Kyung- wha Kang, Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs. During a humanitarian crisis, the needs of women, men, girls and boys are different. Addressing gender equality during a humanitarian crisis means planning and implementing protection and assistance according to the needs of...

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The beauty of downtown Kingston
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24 Jun 2016

The beauty of downtown Kingston

The theatre of violence. Downtown Kingston makes the headlines on many occasions. The neighbourhood is sadly best known for being the theatre of violence, a place plagued with many socio-economic issues that have led to the near abandon of the area. Once a thriving neighbourhood, the demise of downtown Kingston is the result of political corruption and criminal activity. This led to corporate abandon, reinforcing...

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Why is it worth investing in cultural and creative industries?*
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15 Jun 2016

Why is it worth investing in cultural and creative industries?*

* The following article is an extract of the European Agenda For Culture – Work Plan For Culture 2011-2014 written by the Working Group Of EU Member States Experts (Open Method Of Coordination) On Cultural And Creative Industries. It gives us an overview of the main findings of the studies commissioned by the European Commission in 2006-2011 on the positive value of Cultural and Creative industries...

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Impacts of immigration on our society
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28 Apr 2016

Impacts of immigration on our society

Immigration is still a heavily debated topic in many host countries. Some believe that immigration brings many advantages to a country, both for the economy and society as a whole. Others believe that high immigration numbers threaten national identity, increase dependence on welfare, and threaten national security. However, immigration can have positive and negative impacts on both the host country and the original country. Impacts on...

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“Migrant”, “Refugee”, “Asylum-Seeker”: The Words Being Used
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12 Apr 2016

“Migrant”, “Refugee”, “Asylum-Seeker”: The Words Being Used

Around the world, most of the media fails to appropriately cover the global migration and refugee crisis. Often they fall into ‘propagandizing’, with sensational headlines leading to confusion over what are the correct terms to use to describe migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers. MIGRATION is the movement of people (migrants) either across an international border, or within a state. People can either choose to move (voluntary migration)...

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18 Mar 2016

Where are the Women in Jamaica?

The month of March marks the global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world.  As a fervent women’s rights advocate, I always look for information on the status of women in the country where I live/work. I usually observe women interacting on the streets, at the grocery store, at the university and in my workplace. I meet with...

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Why Kingston?
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26 Feb 2016

Why Kingston?

For most people, Jamaica is a vacation destination, a Caribbean island with famous beaches. For others, it represents the motherland of reggae music; a place where musicality and spirituality are untied as one. If you go deeper into your research you’ll find that most of the information available online is about gang war over drug trafficking, especially in the capital city, Kingston. Everything mentioned above...

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Gender Equality vs Gender Equity
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02 Nov 2015

Gender Equality vs Gender Equity

You may have heard Patricia Arquette advocating for pay equality at the Oscars when she accepted her prize. She blew the audience away with her moving acceptance speech about gender and how it affects the rights of men and women differently. The gender wage gap in Hollywood is one example, but the difference is found almost everywhere: girls and women do not have the same...

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Gender in International Development
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07 Sep 2015

Gender in International Development

Despite the many local, national and international laws focusing on development, equality and human rights, despite many reports of positive change on the part of governments, religious and other institutions, it is still necessary, when looking at the key development issues, to look at these through gendered lens and looking at how development programs and practices affect both men and women. What is gender? Gender...

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