J-FLAG recently launched a Secondary School Essay Competition: Our Human Rights at The Great Debate held at the University of the West Indies’ Regional Headquarters on Thursday, March 27, 2014.
Given the limited exposure of secondary school students to human rights issues, we believe it is important that we create avenues for students at this level to conduct research in this area while developing their critical thinking skills. We hope that this essay writing competition will encourage students and teachers (who will supervise students) to incorporate knowledge garnered from participation in this competition into their classrooms, clubs and societies, and in discussions with their peers to continuously raise awareness about this and other related issues.
We also hope that this will encourage the development of a stronger sense of citizenship and a deeper understanding of the rights guaranteed by all persons under the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedom regardless of being male or female, race, place of origin, social class, colour, religion or political opinion. All essays will be uploaded to an online repository accessible by the public as part of J-FLAG’s public awareness and education programme.
Monday, April 7, 2014 to Friday, May 9, 2014 at midnight. The winner will be announced on Friday, May 16, 2014 and the winning essay will be read at the Annual Larry Chang Symposium as part of J-FLAG’s recognition and celebration of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia [IDAHOT]
- Category 1 – students who are 13-15 years old and registered at a secondary high school in Jamaica.
Human rights are for everyone. Discuss
- Category 2 – students who are 16-19 years old and registered at a secondary high school in Jamaica.
The right to freedom of expression is absolute. Discuss
The winner from each category will receive a 7” Samsung Tablet 3, a gift certificate valued at $10,000 each and a winner’s plaque.
The runner up from each category will receive a gift certificate valued at $10,000 each and a gift basket.
- All essays should be typed with 1.5 line spacing, using APA guidelines and must be accompanied with a reference page.
- For category 1, essays should be 300 – 500 words in length. Essays exceeding this limit will not be considered. Essays below the minimum number of word count will not be considered.
- For category 2, essays should be 1000-1200 words in length. Essays exceeding this limit will not be considered. Essays below the minimum number of word count will not be considered. Your cover page and reference list are not included in the word count.
- All essays must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org in Microsoft Word format only. You will receive an immediate verification that your essay has been received. If you do not receive a verification email within one hour of your submission please call 849-1403.
- A cover page with your full name, age, name of school, your email address, contact number, and mailing address.
- Proof of age must be submitted with all essays.
- Essays will be graded based on the following rubric
Analysis & Persuasion 8
APA formatting & Reference 4
Style & Grammar 3
For additional information or clarification please contact our Education & Outreach Manager at 849-1403 or email email@example.com.Click here to view
Jamaica is often referenced for the anti-gay attitudes of its people. For some Jamaicans, rejection of homosexuality is not only a defense of Christian values, it is also a marker of national identity.
Homosexuals are rendered foreigners at home as their bodies are marked as deviant and alien. The varied manifestations of heterosexism and homophobia in Jamaica have been the subject of numerous academic studies.
The symposium will facilitate discussion about the contours of Jamaican (sexual) citizenship, the place of LGBT people in Jamaica today and the path to a more inclusive Jamaica.
To highlight the struggles and strides made by J-FLAG in making Jamaica the place of choice for LGBT persons to live, work, raise families, and do business.
To dispel misconceptions about the LGBT community with the support of research.
To explore the layers of homophobia experienced by LGBT people.
To provide national coverage of an evidence-based dialogue on sexual identity and gender expression.
To improve the public's understanding of the unique challenges faced by LGBT Christians.
The first defense against persecution from the police or any individual is to know exactly what your rights are and what rights the police do and don’t have. We have tried to outline below some of the laws as they relate to homosexuality. If you know your rights, you can better defend yourself if you are subjected to abuse or discrimination of any kind.
What Jamaican Law says about Homosexuality:
Contrary to popular belief, it is not actually illegal to be homosexual in Jamaica. Being a homosexual does not contravene any of the existing laws; however, the law makes certain ‘homosexual acts’ illegal, and these laws are used to persecute gay men. They state that “acts of gross indecency” and buggery [anal sex] are illegal. Although buggery refers to anal sex between a man and another man, a woman or an animal, in practice the law is predominately enforced against two men. Lesbians are also discriminated against in the wider society, however no laws target lesbians or lesbian conduct.
Offences Against the Person Act
This act prohibits “acts of gross indecency” between men, in public or in private. (This is a very general term which can be interpreted to mean any kind of physical intimacy)
Article 76 (Unnatural Crime)
“Whosoever shall be convicted of the abominable crime of buggery [anal intercourse] committed either with mankind or with any animal, shall be liable to be imprisoned and kept to hard labour for a term not exceeding ten years.”
Article 77 (Attempt)
“Whosoever shall attempt to commit the said abominable crime, or shall be guilty of any assault with intent to commit the same, or of any indecent assault upon any male person, shall be guilty of a misdemeanour, and being convicted thereof shall be liable to be imprisoned for a term not exceeding seven years, with or without hard labour.”
Article 78 (Proof of Carnal Knowledge)
“Whenever upon the trial of any offence punishable under this Act, it may be necessary to prove carnal knowledge, it shall not be necessary to prove the actual emission of seed in order to constitute a carnal knowledge, but the carnal knowledge shall be deemed complete upon proof of penetration only.”
Article 79 (Outrages on Decency)
“Any male person who, in public or private, commits, or is a party to the commission of, or procures or attempts to procure the commission by any male person of, any act of gross indecency with another male person, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and being convicted thereof shall be liable at the discretion of the court to be imprisoned for a term not exceeding 2 years, with or without hard labour.”Click here to view