We say we care for women, children and the vulnerable but we don’t show it in Jamaica or in the Caribbean-April 18, 2021

Once again, in the wake of some high profile incidents, political representatives, media and many of the public clamour to yell how awful the latest incidents are. The current flavour is domestic, or, intimate partner, violence. Here’s the PM giving a typical plea about domestic abuse:

Sadly, not as seasonal as the weather, we’ve heard and seen these concerns before.

I see nothing other than words that we will act to address the issues.

We do this a lot-make noise and announce but take no meaningful action. If you disagree, I suggest you search over the past decade and more and I’ll be shocked if you could find facts to contradict me.

For context, the Caribbean has a rotten reputation for all kinds of abuse, especially of females/it’s endemic:

‘Globally, 1 in 3 women have suffered physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. This year, newly released data for the Caribbean have confirmed our fears: nearly half of Caribbean women surveyed in 5 Caribbean countries face at least one form of violence: physical, sexual, economic, or emotional. This is unacceptable and should motivate all of us working and living in the Caribbean into action to end this violence.

Author: Dennis G Jones (aka 'The Grasshopper')

Retired International Monetary Fund economist. My blog is for organizing my ideas and thoughts about a range of topics. I was born in Jamaica, but spent 30 years being educated, living, and working in the UK. I lived in the USA for two decades, and worked and travelled abroad, extensively, throughout my careers and for pleasure. My views have a wide international perspective. Father of 3 girls. Also, married to an economist. :)

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  1. This is one of the things my mother (Gloria Cumper) was passionate about. She helped set up the family court there, studied, wrote, spoke, worked with other people. But I long ago concluded that we can never take any gains for granted, in this area or any other. The work never ends.

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