Jamaica’s Journey to Gender Equity
Global Development / Women's Rights
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
Event / Global Development
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)
Women's Rights
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
Women's Rights
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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My First Charity Ball
Event
10 Nov 2016

My First Charity Ball

I have attended numerous charity events but never thought I would one day participate in a charity ball. Since 1981, the sole purpose of the JCC* Sameer Younis Foundation has been steadfast in its mission of assisting Jamaica’s youth, particularly those of inner city communities. Each year, the proceeds from the Grand Charity Ball assists the programmes of the JCC Sameer Younis Foundation – Youth Leadership initiative. ...

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Copyright: Robin Hammond / Panos
Women's Rights
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
Women's Rights
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
Women's Rights
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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Social Good Summit: Connecting Today. Creating Tomorrow
Global Development
24 Sep 2016

Social Good Summit: Connecting Today. Creating Tomorrow

The Social Good Summit is a conference examining the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world. After organizing the first ever Social Good Summit in Canada (#SGSToronto), and participating at the Social Good Summit in New York, I hadn’t imagine that I would be attending this year’s event in Kingston, Jamaica. Everything is connected. Every action that we take...

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EasyPoli at the Give1Project Global Leadership Summit
Global Development
09 Sep 2016

EasyPoli at the Give1Project Global Leadership Summit

“When we connect global entrepreneurs with the access and exchange needed to create and innovate, we unleash their power to change the world.” – Thione Niang Mr. Thione Niang envisioned a world where young people play a leadership role in creating and building strong and healthy communities. The Give1Project Global Leadership Summit is a program designed to provide opportunities for young professionals to build global...

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Women Smart Networking Series
Global Development / Women's Rights
08 Sep 2016

Women Smart Networking Series

This is finally happening! After weeks of intensive work and sleepless nights. The Women Smart Networking Series launch took place at the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce on September 6, 2016. My opening remarks: Good Morning everyone! Welcome! Thanks to each of you for joining us this morning. I am Darine BenAmara, Gender and Development Officer to the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce. I came to Jamaica through...

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The Paralympics: A unique occasion to change public perceptions
Global Development
03 Sep 2016

The Paralympics: A unique occasion to change public perceptions

The Paralympics: History The concept of the Paralympic Games was born in 1948 (by Sir Ludwig Guttmann, an English neurosurgeon) to provide athletic therapy for people in wheelchairs and, more precisely, for World War II veterans with spinal injuries to compete in a sports competition. It wasn’t until 1960 that a deliberate attempt was made to connect the Olympic and Paralympic Games when the first Paralympic Games...

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Women in Sport
Global Development / Women's Rights
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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Sport for Peace & Development
Global Development
10 Aug 2016

Sport for Peace & Development

The 2016 Rio Olympic Summer Games have started, bringing together athletes from all parts of the world in the greatest of international sports events. We all know the power of sport to drive social change and unite people. What does sport have to do with Peace and Development? Sport is universally popular. Every day, everywhere around the world, organisations and individuals are using sport as...

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