Thursday, 30 July 2015

Protect The Defenceless And The Voiceless

Every country must join together to overcome this transnational threat by supporting and protecting victims while pursuing and prosecuting the criminals- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Trafficking in persons is a significant crime and a grave violation of human rights. Trafficking is often overlooked by many countries since this scourge tend to happen to those who are defenceless and voiceless in the society.
Each year human traffickers become more creative in luring men, women and children into this multi-billion industry. Disturbingly, the very young are at particular risk, especially our girls since it is estimated that twenty one per cent (21%) of all trafficked persons are girls. Most if not all of these trafficked girls often end up as sex slaves across all regions of the world. 
The promise of a better life, low self-esteem and little or no family support is usually at the genesis explaining the relative ease our young and vulnerable people are caught up in a life of forced labour including prostitution. .
According to the United Nations more than 2.5 million people are trapped in modern-day slavery. Alarmingly, human trafficking is often done in the open and conducted by those we least expect to be involved.
In 2010, the United Nations, General Assembly adopted the Global Plan of Action to combat trafficking in persons, urging governments worldwide to take coordinated and consistent measures to defeat this scourge.
On this World Day (July 30) against Trafficking in Persons governments worldwide must re-double their efforts to eradicate this form of modern day slavery. In spite of the economic constraints we are currently experiencing more resources must be found to effectively tackle those who trade in human beings.  Human trafficking has no place in a modern day society, and as such we must do more to empower our women and children especially in order to keep them safe and ensure our future as a progressive society.
Wayne Campbell

Monday, 27 July 2015

Bipartisan Approach Needed in Fighting Crime

It is rather sad and disappointing that as a society the Jamaican state is not united on any national issue. Successive governments over the years have failed the people miserably in providing adequate security and protection for its citizens. Regardless of the political party one supports, the effect and impact of crime is the same on all of us. Crime has a crippling effect on the psyche of a people and nation. In fact, crime and violence if not brought under control quickly will contribute greatly to the demise of this nation. Our economic success is intricately hinged on us having a manageable level of crime and violence.
Recently, we were shocked out of our wits upon hearing that there were seven murders in St. James over a 24 hours period. On average the Jamaican state has over 1, 000 murders yearly.  For the period 2009 and 2014 more than 7,000 Jamaicans were murdered. This is unacceptable and a consensus involving both the government and the Opposition is required.  A wider consultative approach is also needed involving civil society to include the Church, trade unions, dancehall and reggae artiste etc.
Women, children and men are being murdered in the killing frenzy now stalking the land. Health centres have had to be closed due to on-going violence in some areas. Economic, social and religious activities are being severely impacted and people are afraid, very afraid.
It appears that there is an association between male underachievement and crime. Too many of our boys continue to fall through the cracks of the education system. With no skills, or no or few subjects, many of our young men are drawn into a life of crime. It cannot be a coincidence that most victims and perpetrators of crime and violence are males, given that Jamaica’s population is roughly balanced regarding male and females. 
Regardless of the root cause for Jamaica’s frightening murder rate one thing is certain much more needs to be done to curb and decrease the runaway murder rate. The current measures in places are not a deterrent to stop these murders. We are a divided nation and the prospects for us are not encouraging if we continue along the same path. 
Wayne Campbell

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Let Us Magnify The LORD


Today's Scripture: “O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.”...
(Psalm 34:3, KJV)

"Come lets magnify the Lord for He's worthy to be praised." Something powerful happens inside when you magnify the Lord. When you magnify God, you aren’t changing Him; you are changing the way you see Him. You are making God the center of your life rather than your problems and circumstances.
So many people today waste time and energy talking about their problems and feeling sorry for themselves. That’s because they are magnifying their circumstances in their own mind and heart. But when you start magnifying the Lord by talking about Him and worshiping Him, you are making Him the main priority in your life and opening the door for Him to move on your behalf. Today will you choose to magnify God regardless of what’s going on in your life or around you. Talk about His goodness. Talk about His faithfulness. "in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
(I Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV) Declare that He is working behind the scenes on your behalf. Exalt His name today and lift Him up and see His hand of blessing in every area of your life.
Heavenly Father, today I choose to magnify and exalt You. I worship You Lord, I lift Your name on high, I bless Your most high and Holy name because You are worthy to be praised. You are faithful and good. Help me to keep my heart and mind focused on You all the days of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen. Greetings family and friends think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive -to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” Have a blessed Sunday.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Black Masculinity

Black masculinity and identity are usually judged in terms of one's language and mannerism by those of your own race as well as by others. We should not treat people differently because of our own biases and insecurities. Instead, we need to take the time to get to know that individual whom we believe is strange and different. It is not our job to judge another. Be a friend to someone today.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Schoolboy Beating And Gender Inequality

The recent beating of a 13 year old schoolboy of Yallahs High School in St. Thomas by four girls has come and gone without much ire from civil society.
We live in a society where double standards regarding how we treat the sexes are pervasive and oftentimes blurred. What if the opposite had happened where four boys had beaten a girl?  We can be sure that the society would have been outraged and demanding for some type of punishment for the culprits involved? We still hold unto our traditionally gender roles which says males should be tough and assertive and females should be passive and fragile. The perceived problem occurs when these gender roles are crossed and we become unsure how to treat the individual. Clearly this youngster did not fit into the hegemonic notion of masculinity hence he was targeted by these girls.
School bullying in any form, and committed by any sex, is unacceptable and should be punished to the full extent of the law and the authorities. The Ministry of Education needs to be more forceful regarding the enforcement of an anti-bullying policy for all schools. Too many cases of bullying occur daily in our schools, and sadly, too many of them go unreported. 
The young man beaten will undoubtedly suffer great emotional and psychological distress for a long time to come. He was emasculated, ridiculed and beaten. Disturbingly, we live in a society where there are no support groups for males who suffer abuse. During the discourse on gender relations, very often it is difficult to find support groups for men and boys. We tend to forget that gender equality speaks to men’s issues as well as to women’s.
The time has become for us to pay as much attention to abused boys as we do abused girls.  Gender equality must be all encompassing in order to have sustainable development and to benefit both sexes.

Wayne Campbell