The first was a state-planned activity; which took place on International Women’s Day and culminated in a spectacular concert. One marked objection on choice of lineup: http://m.jamaicaobserver.com/mobile/latestnews/Group-wants-Bounty-Killa-removed-from-line-up-for-concert-against-gender-violence
The second is a collaborative effort being organised by two citizen-led groups “OOMAN” – Our Own Means And Needs https://www.facebook.com/ownmeansandneeds/ and the Tambourine Army are coordinating the Million Ooman March today March 11th. This march similarly ends with a concert – a list of objectives are available on the Facebook pages of each group.
OOMAN – https://www.facebook.com/ownmeansandneeds
Tamborine Army – https://www.facebook.com/tambourinearmy
For some reason, now more than ever, the women of Jamaica feel a need to let their voices be heard! It’s also pretty clear that they feel that using music is a primary way to build AWARENESS of their issues and hopefully inspire ACTION towards SOLUTIONS!
In recognition of these efforts and the increasing levels of violence towards women, I present my Top 5 songs recognising the views of women in Jamaica from then till now!