The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in an uncertain and stressful period that impacts not only our physical, but also our psychological and emotional wellbeing. Although the world is better prepared to deal with disaster, the area that is still lacking is gender differential and also guidelines to take care of our emotional well-being. Most of the advice from officials on … [Read more...] about Caring for our Children during the COVID-19 pandemic
Opal Palmer Adisa
Opal Palmer Adisa
Professor Opal Palmer Adisa, is the University Director of The Institute for Gender and Development Studies, of the UWI, located in the Regional Office, The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, oversees the IGDS units at Mona, Cave Bill and St Augustine UWI campuses. A gender specialist, cultural activist and writer, Adisa believes that literature and the performance arts are the best approaches to interrogate gender equality and formulate an approach to gender justice; and she has been doing this through her poetry and stories. Her first short story collection, Bake-Face and Other Guava Stories, 1987, Illuminates the lives of working-class Jamaican women who are victims of child sexual and physical abuse, domestic violence and other social strictures. Until Judgment Comes, 2009, a collection of 7 stories about Jamaican men, examines the problematic relationship some men have with their mothers and the childhood abuse that thwart their emotional development. Adisa has published 20 books; her essays, poetry and stories have been collected in over 400 journals and her plays which explore these social issues have been performed in California, New York, St. Croix, Barbados and Jamaica, Egypt & Brazil.