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After women leaders shared their thoughts at an event kindly hosted by French Ambassador Denys Wibaux, Nigerian High Commissioner Janet Olisa extended a challenge. She noted that Jamaican women having made bold strides, should seize the power they have to make the changes we wish for in our country. She favourably compared our record for women’s equality with that of her own country and urged us to maintain our momentum.
Human rights activist Dr Carolyn Gomes, Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn and historian Professor Verene Shepherd reminded us of the heroic struggles of our women in their determination to forge a better future for their fellow Jamaicans – from Nanny (we were told that the correct title should be ‘Nana’), to Mary Seacole, to Louise Bennett, to Rose Leon.
In acknowledging the continued struggles of women enslaved by poverty, WMW Jamaica co-founder Hilary Nicholson reminded us that they did not choose this way of life and it was up to us to help them find a way out of it. “Have you informed your household worker that there is a Union that she can join?” she asked. She asked us to remember the plight of the elderly poor, that there were generations of women locked in a cycle of poverty, living under the same roof.
In the instance of a teenage mother who was charged for negligence after a fire took the lives of her child and two others, social entrepreneur Yaneek Page asked about the responsibility of the father, to which DPP Llewelyn noted that, in this case, ‘the law is an ass’ for this omission, as responsibility is ascribed only to the caregiver at the time of the incident.
As we consider the number of missing children and young people including the heart-rending case of UWI visually-impaired student Jasmine Dean, the under-age ‘shottas’, the attacks on our teachers, the crime and road crash statistics, we must ask ourselves, how are we going to, as Paula Llewellyn says, “connect the dots” to safeguard our people?
The answer must be a joint resolution for excellence, unity and integrity. Some businesses discriminate against women who are mothers, but those who have mothers in their employment discover that they are the most organised and disciplined, because they are time management gurus.
Then there is the continued issue of sexual harassment. We await the ‘Act to Make Provision for the Prevention of Sexual Harassment and for Connected Matters’ aka the Sexual Harassment Act which is being piloted by Minister Olivia Grange. Let us be aware that, like the backlash on women after the #metoo movement, this is not going to be an easy road for the Minister. Those of us who consider ourselves as influencers should step up and strengthen the cause.
Imani Duncan-Price on Patriarchy
Imani Duncan-Price, PNP Chairman of the Central Kingston constituency and this year’s presenter of the 2020 Rose Leon Memorial Lecture last Monday, declared that “patriarchy is alive and well” in Jamaica. She called for more women in leadership, describing the position taken by herself and JLP Senator Kamina Johnson Smith as members of the Joint Select Committee on regulations for the Integrity Commission.
“A Force for Good”
At the launch of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics Jamaica, Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson noted that the over thirty years of support of our special needs family by the JCF, reminds us that they are “a Force for good”.
In this Women’s Month, let us note that this positive aspect of our security forces is reinforced by the outstanding women who have dedicated their lives to protect their fellow citizens. We applaud the smooth management of the LETR event by Senior Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay and Inspector Natalie Palmer, and recall the contribution of amazing SSP Rosie McDonald-Barker, Supt Ionie Ramsay and DCP Novelette Grant.
SSP McDonald Barker was head of late PM Manley’s security team. Later, she went on to win the hearts of the residents of Grant’s Pen, quelling political tension, and was so beloved that she was asked to be Godmother of several babies in the area!
Supt Ionie Ramsay, as the first woman motorcycle cop, stamped her courage into the consciousness of Jamaican women. She remains a symbol of strength and determination, now immersed in outreach activities in her community.
DCP Novelette Grant, my fellow ‘Westmorelite’ remains a force to be reckoned with, even after her retirement. She has lectured here and abroad on the issue of domestic violence, and will be a presenter at the American Chamber of Commerce of Jamaica (AMCHAM) event tomorrow, on the topic “When Domestic Violence Comes to Work”.
Monday, March 2, 2020
Special Congrats Bruce James
Please read Emma Lewis’ excellent review of the concert headlined “Carmen Paris: Her Voice Conquered Us” - https://petchary.wordpress.com/2019/10/26/carmen-paris-her-voice-conquered-us/ .
Monday, January 13, 2020
by Jean Lowrie-Chin
December 13th, 2019 marked 40 years since Nadine Sutherland at 10 years old, won the first Tastee Talent Contest. At a recent event organised by Images LLC and hosted by Tastee CEO Patsy Latchman-Atterbury at the company's Board Room, Nadine is quoted by Jamaica Observer Entertainment writer Howard Campbell: "To Tastee, my destiny has been so intertwined with you. You are a representation of a corporate entity of Jamaica who invested back into the people so a Nadine Sutherland can stand here right now. So, I really want to thank you 'cause you did change my life; you did give me a platform. I'm a country girl singing 'round the area; I met Bob Marley, I met Peter Tosh; Sangie [Davis] wrote my songs. It's like a Cinderella story, so I'm forever thankful to you."
I believe MP Ann-Marie 'Action Ann' Vaz is forever thankful to Nadine for 'Action' which became the theme song and her moniker for the campaign which won her the East Portland seat.
In spite of her remarkable career, not only in music but also in education, Nadine remains humble and engaging. Perhaps because she is not given to the hype of stardom, Nadine Sutherland does not get the kudos she deserves. Wise and generous, Nadine spreads positivity on her social media pages.
Happy 40th anniversary to a woman whose music has given rhythm and colour to our lives, and whose professionalism is inspiring. No one stays current for four decades without courage and perseverance. Congratulations Nadine Sutherland – keep shining my friend!
Friday, December 20, 2019
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