“It depends on us”: Jamaica poised to join Caribbean Women in Leadership

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It will be a new chapter. All the women who joined a recent planning meeting in a Kingston hotel recently agreed. The meeting was convened by Una May Gordon, who as former Principal Director of the Climate Change Division was full of an energy and drive that I greatly admired. Those qualities are still there in abundance, and in Una May’s empowering smile, accompanied by a slightly stern style of delivery. The group consisted of several women politicians from both sides of the fence (including Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Donna Scott-Mottley, Opposition Spokesperson on Justice, among others), as well as members of civil society. Unfortunately, I did not take photographs.

What was the planning for? To establish a Jamaican Chapter of the Trinidad-basedCaribbean Women in Leadership (CWiL). CWiL describes itself as “a non-partisan and independent, flagship networking organization committed to advancing women’s transformational leadership…

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