The cries of pregnant cancer patient Melissa Evans echoed throughout the Port-of-Spain Magistrate’s Court yesterday after she was told she had to spend a night in prison after being denied bail in
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Equality is for all
If I were Prime Minister, I would fearlessly challenge sexism and homophobia.
Ending both would improve life for everyone, regardless of your sex or sexuality. This is because sexism and homophobia ultimately harm both women and men, both gay folk and straight. These are not minority or special interest issues, these are issues of human rights and equality for all. And, either you are for equality for all or you are not for equality at all.
In the Caribbean, where our historical struggle has precisely been about emancipation, a politics committed to this for all should be the first basis for constituency, community and nation-building.
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The slide background was the logo for the student feminist group, Consciousness Raising, which was active from 2007-2009 and was the first group to come out of my women’s studies class.
They held campus marches for two years for International Women’s Day and International Day Against Violence for Women. The words in their logo are “solidarity,” “freedom,” “take action” and “change.”
The students I quoted in my talk have also formed groups such as Support for Change, in 2011, to advocate for the national gender policy.