By Ulele Burnham, Alissa Trotz and Andaiye
In its May 22 edition, the Guyana Chronicle carried an article titled “Legalising homosexuality no straightforward matter, says Greenidge.” The article confirmed that the government of Guyana, in a formal letter to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) following the 161st Ordinary Period of Sessions, announced its intention to hold a referendum to determine whether the laws which criminalise same-sex intimate acts should be struck down.
Saluting Tchaiko Kwayana
By Nigel Westmaas
Tchaiko Ruramai Kwayana was an educator, pan-Africanist, and civil rights activist. Born and raised in segregated Georgia in the 1930s, she began her teaching career in segregated southern schools, eventually moving to Oakland, California.
By Lisa Outar
Dr. Lisa Outar is an independent scholar who researches Anglophone and Francophone Caribbean literature. Originally from Port Mourant, Guyana, she publishes in the areas of Indo-Caribbean literature, feminist writing and the connections between the Caribbean and other sites of the indentureship diaspora.
Nesha Haniff, Guyanese, is on the faculty of the University of Michigan and director of the Pedagogy of Action which is now piloting a methodology for gender consciousness for girls in Jamaica and US communities of colour, called the Gender Consciousness Project.
By Dr Kala Ramnath and Dr Suraiya Ismail
Dr Suraiya Ismail, Chair of the Step by Step Foundation’s Executive Committee, is a public health nutritionist and educator, with extensive international experience working in key academic institutions and international agencies.
By Judith Wedderburn
Judith Wedderburn is a gender and development
practitioner, formerly Director, Friedrich Ebert
Stiftung (FES) in Jamaica, with experience in
community development and leadership training around gender equality, gender-based violence, women’s empowerment and poverty.
Justin Podur interviews Joan Joy Grant Cummings
Justin Podur is a Toronto-based writer who blogs at podur.org.
Joan Joy Grant Cummings, based in Jamaica, is a volunteer at the Caribbean Development Activist Women’s Network (DAWN) and a former President of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC) Canada.
Compiled by D. Alissa Trotz
Alissa Trotz is Editor of the In the
In November 2016, two Barbadian women, Ronelle King and Allyson Benn started what has now become known as the #LifeInLeggings movement, where survivors of various manifestations of violence against women shared their personal experiences, putting a public spotlight on sexual abuse, sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence throughout the Caribbean.