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Women's Media Watch Jamaica
What is WMW?

WMW Jamaica is a civil society organization committed to reducing gender-based violence. WMW promotes gender equity and gender-aware media and communications.

WMW has a multi-pronged programme of work that includes training and professional development seminars, media literacy, conflict resolution workshops, research, public education and advocacy.

WMW in the News

To celebrate the 21st Anniversary of Women's Media Watch-Jamaica there has been a year of exciting activities which have kept the organization in the news. WMW and CPTC joined forces to mount a forum on Youth, Popular Media and Violence against Women which was broadcast on television. 

At WMW's Tribute to Trailblazerswhich launched WMW's Anniversary celebrations, fourteen (14) women were honoured - women who have been pioneers and gender-advocates in their field of expertise. (See WMW Newsmagazine Volume 5 #2).

  

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Promoting Human Rights

WMW's latest newsmagazine explores some legal and social perspectives on commercial sex work, including pornography. Latest "Looking Out For You"

 
Current Projects

Reducing gender-based violence in Jamaica - enhancing citizens' access to protection under the law

Women�s Media Watch-Jamaica conducts a programme of advocacy, training, and public education, with support from theUnited Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women, to address the problem of gender-based violence in Jamaica. A key strategy is to increase citizens� awareness of the causes and consequences of this violence and to enhance access to protections available under the law.
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Chatting 'bout "All a Wi Togedda" on Roots FM 96.1 

Woman and man chat �bout plenty when they tune in to All a wi togedda on Roots FM on Tuesday mornings (9-10am). The programme, hosted by WMW, brings a fresh �gender lens� to a wide range of social issues and �taboo topics� that benefit from open discussion. 

 

Women’s Media Watch Jamaica is a civil society, non-profit organization comprising a core volunteer membership of women and a wide network of male and female associates. Founded in 1987, WMW is volunteer-driven and operates a small secretariat with three part-time staff.

 

WMW Mission Statement

  • To reduce gender-based violence in the media and in society in order to achieve balanced gender relations and gender equality.
  • To be a dynamic organization committed to reducing gender-based violence and promoting gender equity.
  • To promote a gendered analysis of the media in order to increase awareness of the influence of the media in our lives.

WMW Achievements

WMW collaborates with local and international agencies such as CIDA, CUSO, MATCH, UNIFEM, UNESCO, World Association for Christian Communication (WACC), and the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communications (CARIMAC)

WMW’s achievements have included:

  • Conducting over 1,500 training and professional development events locally, regionally and internationally.
  • Pioneering a programme of gender training for male leaders.
  • Producing training resources and a manual on gender-aware analysis of the media.
  • Creating and teaching a university course entitled "Gender, Media and Development".
  • Coordinating a national inter-agency campaign addressing violence against women and girls.
  • Presenting at international symposia including the NGO Forum, 4th World Conference on Women, Beijing.
  • Consulting with the Jamaica Broadcasting Commission to develop gender-aware policy guidelines.
  • Hosting Regional Symposia and Conferences on Gender and Communications Policy.
  • Coordinating national research and surveys on portrayal of violence in the media.

 

Gender-based Violence in Jamaica

The level of violence in Jamaica continues to be a priority concern of every sector of society. The highly publicized violence, perpetrated predominantly by younger men, targets men mostly but victims include women and children. Domestic violence, the ‘hidden crime’, accounts for about half the violent deaths of women in Jamaica. Large numbers of women and children survive daily physical and/or sexual violence.

In the past few years, unprecedented numbers of killings have been recorded. In 2004 the number of violent deaths of women was nearly double the number for 2003, and during 2005-6 the numbers of murders of women and children increased yet again. Over the past ten years, approximately 10,000 men (mostly youths) have been killed in violent circumstances. This tragic loss of Jamaica's most precious resource is compounded by the thousands more who may survive violence, but are injured, maimed, and traumatized.

WMW is committed to a programme of gender-awareness training, public education and advocacy in order to reduce all forms of gender based violence, including male-on-male violence and sexual violence against women and children.

 

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WMW in the News

To celebrate the 21st Anniversary of Women's Media Watch-Jamaica there has been a year of exciting activities which have kept the organization in the news. WMW and CPTC joined forces to mount a forum on Youth, Popular Media and Violence against Women which was broadcast on television. 

At WMW's Tribute to Trailblazers which launched WMW's Anniversary celebrations, fourteen (14) women were honoured - women who have been pioneers and gender-advocates in their field of expertise. (See WMW Newsmagazine Volume 5 #2).

  

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Promoting Human Rights

WMW's latest newsmagazine explores some legal and social perspectives on commercial sex work, including pornography. Latest "Looking Out For You"
Click here to learn more...

 

A National Consultation, 'Sexual Harassment (W)Rap Up',  was hosted jointly by Women's Media Watch and the Bureau of Women's Affairs. Participants came all the way from Westmoreland at one end of the island, to St.Thomas in the east, to share in the findings of the participatory research and training programme around sexual harassment carried out by WMW and the BWA. Persons from every sector in Jamaica were there - Hairdressers and Cosmetologists, Artistes, Farmers, Fire Fighters and Teachers, Personnel Managers, Youth Leaders, Lawyers and Business women. Ministers of Government in attendance made the commitment to ensure that legislation around Sexual Harassment would be implemented in the very near future. 

The year of celebration continued with a Peace March, with Gender Fever 2009 (a creative edu-tainment event) with Workshops, Teach-ins, a Regional Seminar for Caribbean Journalists on gender-aware coverage of violence, an innovative Research project exploring the representation of women and men in the news - part of the Global Media Monitoring Project , "Who Makes the News?" - and much, much more . The Anniversary activities continue into 2010 when WMW will celebrate with a Concert.

 

 

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