“I don’t love him. Let me tell you that man treat me like nothing.
“As educators we play the role of imparting knowledge to the nation’s children and as it relates to imparting knowledge, the job demands various roles depending on the age of the pupil and the level that we teach.
“Girl you want this bag?” the woman asked in an irritated voice as she glared down at the small child standing near her.
“When my mother left I was small. My father use to beat her up and she left me and my sister and took the three boys.
“Sometimes I remember it like yesterday, when he touch me…. At first like I didn’t understand what he was doing but looking back even though I was small I know it was not a good thing, I know it was not the right thing,” she said almost forcibly.
Some time ago I was seated in my parked car on Camp Street with my two sons when I overheard a ruckus.
“When I see she face, I know something wrong right away. Me heart drop to me foot and is like I didn’t know what to do.
“I could remember vividly that as a child I would run from him because he would always try to touch my privates.
“I knew something was going on, but I could not put my finger on it.
“When my daughter write she get the lowest school in Georgetown. I couldn’t believe it, is like I went in shock…,” she said quietly.
I recently visited the women’s psychiatric ward of the Georgetown Public Hospital and I felt that were it not for the Grace of God I could have become mentally ill from just the appearance of the area and the depressing conditions under which its two patients were housed.
“My mom was not there for me, she would never support me with my homework and so.
“I got pregnant when I was 12 and my mother was angry, and she would beat me.
“There are always the memories, there are tears sometimes too. Quite a lot of memories, but I console myself with the fact that according to my faith in the resurrection I would see my son again under better circumstances.” The words of Claudette Fredericks who lost her son just about five months ago.
“Well some of my days are beautiful, and bright and energetic. On those days I forget there is still a word name cancer.
“I want a divorce. I don’t know if he is going to give it to me, because I believe he may want to give me a hard time.
“Some days does be trialling, but I had to throw pride and dignity behind and just do what I have to do.
“My daughter-in-law water bag buss since yesterday morning and she in suh much pain and only now dem preparing she to go theatre,” the woman said, worry etched on her face.
“I really don’t know how I get this thing and who give it to me.
“Sometimes I feel as if I am going out of my mind and then at other times I feel guilty as if I am not doing enough and I am failing them,” she said with a sad shake of her head.
The telephone on my desk rang. I answered and was informed that I had a visitor.
“My father put me out and now he say he will tek back me son, but he don’t want me back at the house.
“I wanted to die,…. I remember one time going to the harbour bridge at about three one morning with every intention of jumping over and this policeman pulled me over and he sat in the car and just talked to me.
“I am disappointed, and for me from my point of view I wouldn’t encourage nobody right now to go and try to get justice because if she did not get justice I don’t who could.
“Look just give meh a knife and leh meh kill meh self. I don’t want to live anymore.
“I don’t know how to feel but the matter get dismiss on the same day when was International Women’s Day.
“I would close up like around 10 sometimes, you know, because people coming from work does stop and buy.
“It was too overbearing and sometimes you feel like a slave in you own country and one day I just couldn’t take it anymore and me and another girl we just have to stand up fuh we rights.
“Being a single parent has it positives and its negatives. For me I have learnt to look past the fact that I am a single parent because honestly sometimes I don’t even remember that these children have a father.” The words of a 38-year-old mother of three (ages 13, 10 and 8) who gets little or no support from the father of the children.
“The worst part was being there and looking at my mommy feeling so uncomfortable on that hard, wooden bench.
“I never give up on my children. I always fight fuh them and even if I have to catch crab to help mind dem I do it,” the words of 47-year-old Cheryl Benn, a mother of 14.
“Tell me we get paid since the 22nd of December last year and to date we can’t get no money.
She sat across from me, shaking. It was hard to decide whether it was because she was cold from the air-conditioner in the room, or fearful.
I had a pap test. This is a test that is done to ascertain whether a woman has cervical cancer.
“You know I don’t really get to enjoy me fairy lights and Christmas decorations because now is time to tek down and is like only the other day I put them up,” Marian said with some amount of genuine disappointment.
“I am a hairdresser and I am proud of what I do. You have many hairdressers who are very intelligent, but they just love hairdressing.
“About a year or two ago I actually started being vocal and stuff.
“I felt handcuffed. I felt like if a gun was being held to my head.
Last Tuesday at midday a few women assembled in front of the Bishops’ High School calling for the removal of the school’s head Winifred Ellis.
“I does sit down in the yard all day. I don’t mix or nothing but I does just sit down in the yard because I don’t have nothing to do.” The words of a 21-year-old mother of one who lives in a depressed community in Georgetown.
“I have been married for 14 years and before, we had some good times.
“I grow up on the market, since I was a child. Me mother had 14 children and it was really hard because since we growing we sleeping on the market.
“It is very hard for the younger policewomen in the force now because to me it is getting worse.
“This is me business, I been selling like this for years, you know how long.
“For me the experience was life changing because in there, I had enough time to think and to figure out what I really want to do with my life.
“I am a businesswoman and I don’t want my business to go down but sometimes it really gets hard because everything comes in one time and even though you explain to people they still asking you to try and me with me good heart I can’t say no.
“When I hear the verdict, not guilty, it sent me in a rage.
“I am now waking up from the shock. You know, initially, I was in shock but now reality is stepping in and I am feeling emotional.
“I was just 15 when me mommy tell me she sending me for a better life.
“You think I am happy?” she asks, her panting signalling that her baby is getting more difficult to carry by the minute.