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Emma Lewis

London-born, Oxford graduate, living in Kingston, Jamaica for 31 years. Writer, blogger, social media activist. A passion for human rights, the environment, climate change and issues affecting Small Island Developing States. Formerly Public Affairs Specialist at U.S. Embassy Kingston (16 years) and worked in publishing/retail book business (8 years).

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Latest posts by Emma Lewis

19 November 2019

In Jamaica, ‘road madness’ leads to increased fatalities — and call to action

Nearly every Jamaican has been affected in some way by the steadily climbing number of road traffic fatalities, but the obstacles to road safety are many — from corruption to...

24 October 2019

Kanye West's use of Jamaican symbols sparks national dialogue on ‘branding’

"Successive political administrations have never fully appreciated the economic value of the brand ‘Jamaica’ nor the symbols that [represent] that brand including its flag and its coat of arms..."

15 October 2019

Is Rihanna Barbadian or Jamaican? Jamaican Twitter claims the superstar as their own

Barbadian Twitter users poked fun at the Jamaican Dollar exchange rate, so Jamaicans did the next best thing — they claimed Rihanna.

12 October 2019

Young Jamaican senator makes ‘inappropriate’ comments in parliament about breast cancer

"How is [discussing] part of a woman's body either appropriate or relevant in a Parliamentary (or any other public/formal discourse)?"

15 September 2019

Jamaica remembers Hurricane Gilbert, but is the island prepared for a Dorian?

As the climate crisis worsens and the islands of the Caribbean often bear the brunt of the storms' wrath, the time for talk is over.

3 September 2019

As Hurricane Dorian devastates the Bahamas, a cry for the Caribbean to face up to the climate crisis

"This is not a political or bipartisan issue; this is a human rights necessity in the face of global climate collapse."

31 August 2019

As Jamaica seeks the return of Taino artefacts from Britain, relics at home may not be safe

Through the National Commission on Reparations, the Jamaican government says it's working to have world-renowned wooden Taino artefacts returned — but do the museums first need to higher standards?

27 August 2019

‘Kingston Creative’ breathes new life into Jamaica’s downtown district

With the involvement of 100+ volunteers and more than 20 community groups, Kingston Creative is reinvigorating Jamaica's capital with its ongoing #PaintTheCity mural project.

14 July 2019

Jamaican women tackle the climate crisis on all sides

Women in Small Island Developing States are most at risk when it comes to the climate crisis. Luckily, different groups of Jamaican women are tackling the problem from every angle.

4 July 2019

This Jamaican woman is fighting ‘period poverty’ and daunting attitudes about reproductive health

"This ‘hush hush’ attitude to female reproductive health is dangerous. If we are able to talk openly, there are a lot of benefits. The silence stops you from getting help."

4 June 2019

Jamaica's Reggae Girlz football team ‘strike hard’ to make history

Bob Marley's eldest daughter Cedella saw the team's potential and gave them her support, persuading coach Hue Menzies to volunteer his services. Now, they're at the 2019 FIFA Women's World...

29 May 2019

‘End of an era’ as Jamaica's former prime minister, Edward Seaga, dies

As complicated and divisive as he was beloved, there is no doubt that the late Edward Seaga left an indelible mark on Jamaican politics.

17 May 2019

Jamaica’s ‘Voices for Climate Change’ spreads its message with music

One forward-thinking NGO is promoting smart environmental practices by harnessing artistic talent to do outreach and raise awareness about climate change.

26 February 2019

A ‘digital nomad’ from the UK advocates for solar power in all island nations

"The Caribbean is no different from other parts of the world. Most people do not think about where their electricity is being generated. The big difference is its phenomenal cost."

10 December 2018

Buju Banton, controversial dancehall star, comes home — but is Jamaica ready?

"In light of the adversity I have encountered, I feel the need to stress that my only desire going forward is peace and love."

16 November 2018

Guyana's transgender community celebrates the overturning of an archaic cross-dressing law

Activists called the ruling “a clarion call to engage state actors on how the law engenders social and economic exclusion of disadvantaged groups”.

14 November 2018

Jamaican dancehall artist hits a nerve by ‘bleaching’ her skin — did fans get the message?

"I wanted to create awareness of 'Colorism' and it was ... done intentionally to create shock value so that I could ... deliver the message in my music," Spice said.

13 November 2018

The Caribbean Court of Justice loses again — this time with voter apathy and distrust

"People do not trust the power institutions, the hierarchies in the region — and that's not going to change for a long time to come."

18 September 2018

At the peak of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, Jamaicans remember ‘Wild Gilbert’

Jamaicans can't recall a storm worse than Gilbert in 1988 -- and as this year's Atlantic hurricane season gets active, they hope they won't have to.

10 September 2018

Jamaica finds new appreciation for beloved cultural icon and language activist, ‘Miss Lou’

"Underneath her wily comedic style, she forced the society to face unpleasant truths. But it is the unapologetic championing of the Jamaican language that so endeared her to many Jamaicans."