The Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre Limited (WROC) is a Non-Profit-Organization (NGO) that promotes gender equality and the empowerment of women and youth through social, economic and advocacy programmes.
The idea that poor parenting creates candidates for criminality may be a view that ignores the cases where law-abiding citizens emerge from abusive homes. However for graduates of the UNDP/Women’s Resource & Outreach Centre, WROC Parenting Life Skills Programme recently held in three inner-city communities, the connection between bad parenting and crime is worth considering. The initiative which is part of the Jamaica Violence Prevention Peace and Sustainable Development Programme caters to parents and teachers of basic school children in the Lyndhurst/Greenwich, Trench Town and Jones Town communities.
The Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre, WROC has recently become a proud member of the Women for Water Partnership, WfWP international network which consists of 21 women’s organizations in South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and West-and Eastern Europe.
Farming is usually tough work for men, but women in agriculture face a unique set of issues. These include balancing domestic work with farming activities, dealing with the physically labourious task of preparing the land and land ownership. However in spite of the odds, scores of them in St. Thomas have been reaping the benefits of farming for themselves and their families through the Creating Sustainable Livelihoods Project being implemented by the Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre in partnership with the European Union and Christian Aid.
Nine-year old Charlotte Rowe believes one of the biggest problems facing Jamaica today is HIV AIDS. For her big sister fourteen-year-old Judene, it’s Child Abuse. Their friend Michael Harper, who is a year older than Judene, feels it’s the monstrous pangs of crime and violence and the Gully Gaza feud among youth. However, in spite of the serious threats that these issues present, Charlotte, Judene and Michael, who hail from inner-city communities in Kingston, have ambitious plans for the future.
Being 19 years-old, pregnant, single and living in a small rural community may not be the ideal situation for any young woman. But Gabrielle Walker of Mount Vernon in St. Thomas is plucking for herself a brighter future through chicken rearing. Gabrielle is one of more than 100 women who have been benefiting from the Creating Sustainable Livelihoods European Union / Christian Aid project being implemented by the Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre in five St. Thomas communities.
Men look past each other's faults more easily than women overlook each other’s faults. At least that’s how several women from the Embracing Ethics and Gender in Governance Roundtable held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel felt recently.
Companies with the highest number of women in senior management positions have a 35% greater return on equity and a 34% higher total return to stakeholders. That is the finding of the Ways for Women to Take Charge at Work study by Frankel in 2007.
Very rarely will people give their time and effort except for good old fashioned money. However there is an even greater reward that may inspire such gestures, especially when the effort is strenuous burdensome hard labour.
Amidst all the predictions of doom and gloom from various sections of society, 2010 may be a more fruitful year for hundreds of residents in deep rural St. Thomas who will be using new tools and skills in their farming exploits.
Women’s Resource & Outreach Centre (WROC) with the support of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) have brought recommendations to the National Council on Education (NCE) based on consultations with some 200 women leaders.
Why did ordinary groups of women protest against unscrupulous shopkeepers who kept certain food items from customers in the harsh 1970s, especially when the criminal friends of the shopkeepers threatened their lives? Why did they march week after week; month after month, year after year; lobbying and petitioning for the passage of the maternity leave act?
During the rainy season Marsha gets quite scared and watchful. In her rural community of Somerset that lies atop severely deforested hills, landslides use to be prevalent and have been known to completely destroy the community. “I experience the land slide coming down, it’s very scary, it’s like a volcano,” she explained in piercing tones.
At least two dozen women from the west are feeling more empowered and equipped to take up leadership positions in their various professions and communities following participation in the Strengthening Women’s Leadership Training programme at Sunset Beach Resort in Montego Bay recently.
Women more than men still bear most of the responsibility for raising children and looking after the home in spite of the significant contribution they make in the workplace as well. However the demanding task of taking care of family may also develop qualities and skills that can be transferred to the corporate world.
For the past four years Amri Campbell has been waking up at 3am most days to prepare her breakfast and lunch before heading out to catch the 5:30am bus that takes her to her small farm in Trinityville.
According to The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development “the Board is chiefly responsible for monitoring managerial performance and achieving an adequate return for shareholders, while preventing conflicts of interest and balancing competing demands on the corporation.”
Over recent weeks the issue of the integrity of public boards has again taken centre stage with at least two entities now under the spotlight. Where there is perceived impropriety and corruption regarding the use of public funds, policymakers, stakeholders and the ordinary Jamaican oftentimes look to the Board to question how such acts could have been allowed to occur.
Following last week’s hammering rains and strong winds brought on by Tropical Storm Nicole, residents in the Somerset community in rural St. Thomas are in a much improved position than previous rainy seasons. The Somerset community has been the victim of severe landslides and flooding for a long time evidenced by houses that remain covered by silt and debris, leaving only edges of the roofs as a sign that households once lived there. However now that four check dams have been built in the community, residents living on hillside areas have fared quite well following recent torrential rains.
“Women can do the same things like men but because we live in a male dominated society we are chauvinistic and we are culturally oriented to accepting male dominance. There is a tendency to restrict or discriminate against the input of women,” says attorney-at-law Wendell Wilkins in explaining why so few women are represented at the highest levels of leadership in Jamaica.
What is the toughest problem that farmers face? Aside from praedial larceny, irregular weather patterns such as sustained drought or heavy rainfall are high on the scale. During drought conditions “the seeds wont germinate, they wont strive,” explains small farmer from Spring Bank in deep rural St. Thomas Roy Lumsden.
“Women tend to be more industrious and so they should use their ability to seduce men in order to advance whatever agenda they are advocating for. They also need to use this attribute to encourage men to take their rightful place in society.” This is the astounding view of a male social worker who was participating in a forum on women’s leadership organized by the Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC) in Kingston recently.
The cold night wind coming off the river was giving Marsha Graham a hard time as she struggled to keep warm, but she was determined to stay the course. Finally, some time after 10, the tired Somerset resident was able to leave the pigpen, secure in the knowledge that the 10 new-born piglets and the sow were okay.
Coordinating Volunteer Huntley Anderson (centre) providing guidance for students Shawny Barnes (left) and Judene Rowe as part of the homework programme at the Women's Resource Outreach Centre on Beechwood Avenue in Kingston.
Move over tomato ketchup, there's a new sauce in town. Jamaican gourmet guava sauce is the first product in the Beechwood Products brand. The line was conceptualised by the Women's Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC) to encourage the production of alternative crops for agro-processing.