EasyPoli launches the Women Smart Networking Series – Jamaica
EasyPoli
10 Sep 2016

EasyPoli launches the Women Smart Networking Series – Jamaica

EasyPoli had the pleasure to engage the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) to launch the Women Smart Networking Series. 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 true gender equality in the workplace, especially when it comes to top management positions. Mr. Trevor Fearon (CEO of the Jamaica Chamber...

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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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Founder of EasyPoli featured in The Observer – Jamaica
EasyPoli
30 Aug 2016

Founder of EasyPoli featured in The Observer – Jamaica

Preceding the launch of the Women Smart Networking Series with the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, I received a call from a journalist to be featured in the most renowned newspaper in the country; The Observer. It was a great feeling! Definitely something that will make you want to buy a couple of copies and look at the article more than once. View full article online...

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Photo Credit: OCHA
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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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EasyPoli at UNDP 50 years anniversary – Jamaica
EasyPoli
30 Apr 2016

EasyPoli at UNDP 50 years anniversary – Jamaica

I was pleased to receive an invitation from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to attend their cocktails in celebration of 50 years of service in Jamaica. The mood was relaxed as we mingled end enjoyed pleasant music in company of key actors of development across the island. UNDP resident representative, Bruno Pouezat, spoke about Jamaica and the development agency shared hope, passion, responsibilities and...

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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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EasyPoli celebrates IWD 2016 with Jamaica Ministry of Gender
EasyPoli
17 Mar 2016

EasyPoli celebrates IWD 2016 with Jamaica Ministry of Gender

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.     “We are not aggressive but we are assertive” – The Honourable Minister Grange  I was honoured that the Ministry of Gender would...

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EasyPoli at the launch of UNDP publication “Where are the Women” – Jamaica
EasyPoli
10 Mar 2016

EasyPoli at the launch of UNDP publication “Where are the Women” – Jamaica

I was invited to attend UNDP launch event of the publication entitled Where Are the Women? The report is the product of a regional analysis examining the presence of women in decision-making positions of CARICOM countries and the relationship between their presence in politics and institutions and national advances on gender equality. Women represent 51% of the world population; 50,24%[1] in Jamaica. You can see...

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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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EasyPoli at the 2015 Social Good Summit – NYC
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28 Sep 2015

EasyPoli at the 2015 Social Good Summit – NYC

After organizing the first ever Social Good Summit conference in Canada (SGS Toronto), EasyPoli was invited to attend the Plus Social Good Master Class and the Social Good Summit taking place in New York city. DAY1 The first day of the Social Good Summit 2015 officially kicked off with world-class speakers taking the stage to discuss various topics from global education to ICTs and civil...

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EasyPoli, UN Foundation, UNDP and Mashable launch SGSToronto – Canada
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18 Sep 2015

EasyPoli, UN Foundation, UNDP and Mashable launch SGSToronto – Canada

SGSToronto: “ICTs for Women’s Rights Movements” As part of the Social Good Summit organized by Mashable, United Nations Foundation and UNDP, EasyPoli organized SGSToronto, the FIRST ever Social Good Summit conférence in Canada. And, it was a great event! The event featured multilingual digital specialist Khady Ndoye and gender specialist Annie Kashamura Zawadi. Together, we talked about the use of ICTs for strengthening women’s rights...

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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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EasyPoli speaks at OCF for International Women’s Day 2015 – Canada
EasyPoli
08 Mar 2015

EasyPoli speaks at OCF for International Women’s Day 2015 – Canada

International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate the determination of women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. On this occasion,  Oasis Centre des Femmes (OCF) organized a conference on Girls and Women Leadership where I was invited to speak. OCF provides assistance to women victims of violence...

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