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Caribbean Women Are Moving Ahead

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The Caribbean Is One Nation.


We at the Mahogany Coconut have been in the forefront of calling for better treatment of our women and children, especially our female children, who are the victims of increasing acts of: violence, sexual abuse and, in the case of women domestic and spousal abuse. We have noted a dramatic increase in basically all forms of crime and disrespect of our women. As we reflect on International Women’s Day, which was observed on March 8th. 2017, we are not quite sure that our regional governments, are doing enough to ensure that our women, are being given the opportunities and indeed protection that they badly need. In many instances, legislation is very weakk and the law enforcement agencies seem to be acting extremely slowly in dealing with violence against women and our female children. We are aware that the law enforcement agencies, are sometimes hamstrung, by the archaic and often ineffective laws that are supposed to  assist in the protection of our women. The…

Derek Walcott Passes

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The Caribbean Is One Nation.

The Mahogany Coconut Group joins with the Caribbean Nation in expressing our profound condolences to the good people of St. Lucia on the passing of poet and playwright Derek Walcott. Walcott proved that size is no impediment to excellence, and long ago earned the status of a true Caribbean Nation icon. We do not believe that being awarded a Nobel Prize for Literature, was important in considering him a Caribbean Nation icon; we hasten to suggest that he became an icon because his work would have been equally inspiring without any award or validation from outside the region. We are certainly not denigrating the Nobel Prize but there must come a time when our distinguished sons and daughters are judged beyond what others see as some global validation.
We hope that Walcott’s work will continue to inspire us. Here we present a passage from Walcott's: "The Schooner Flight"

Fall gently, rain, on the sea’s upturned face like a girl showering; make …