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Men's issues getting some light

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

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Dear Editor,

As a young male, this must be the first time I am feeling as if the gender discussions in Jamaica concern people like me, men.

I watched with admiration as Minister Olivia “Babsy” Grange consistently asked for men to join the fight to end violence against women, returning a robust male desk to her portfolio, and very recently hosted a paternity discussion.

Now, I would only hope other young males are watching as history is unfolding.

I can only ask that she continues to be the minister who works for all Jamaicans. Women's issues are important yes, but so are men's issues. While women's issues and their challenges are based in various types of deeply rooted, inequalities, our men also have many deeply rooted unresolved and unexplained issues that demand a gendered lenses. For instance, crime for the most part in Jamaica is men killing men.

We must understand that change in this sense, like everything else, means hearing “new truths”.

Minister Grange's impassioned to plea to women recently is one such. It was unsettling for us all to hear, but within the context of poor conflict resolution there are some women in our country who would rather passively abuse a man than to walk away from a relationship that has no future.

And so, upsetting truths are the beginning to a dialogue of inclusion, so that the gender portfolio can work for all Jamaicans.

Tony Thompson


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