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CULTURE CLASH: Time we talked to a wider audience

As the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence continues, most people working in the fields of gender and violence prevention are attending events ranging from special assemblies at high schools to conferences. At these events, we see and engage, for the most part, the same people. We sit through presentations on the same material, listen to the same comments and have the same sidebars with the people we talk to every time we meet in these spaces.

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CULTURE CLASH: Violence cannot be tolerated - in whatever form it comes

Gender-based violence is a pervasive issue that often goes unrecognised and unchecked. We all know it exists, but our understanding of it can be quite limited in scope and type.

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CULTURE CLASH: Stifling the press won’t get the job done, Dr Minnis

We have a media and communications problem in The Bahamas. Some would have us believe this is a reflection of the competence and work ethic of journalists, avoiding their own responsibility.

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CULTURE CLASH: MPs, prove your worth before even thinking about a pay rise

We, the Bahamian people, are frequent victims of the bait and switch. Parties in opposition agree with us, promise to represent our positions, then forget about us once they have consent to govern on our behalf.

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CULTURE CLASH: Where next for legislation on gender equality?

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced last week the current administration will amend legislation in order to allow Bahamian women to automatically transfer citizenship to their children at birth in the same way Bahamian men already do.

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CULTURE CLASH: A twerking schoolgirl - where’s the real problem?

ONCE again a video of high school students has made its rounds on social media.

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CULTURE CLASH: Time for a fair deal for the fairer sex

ACCORDING to tabloid reports, a Progressive Liberal Party stalwart councillor said at a leadership candidacy event that Englerston MP Glenys Hanna Martin needed to know her place was in the kitchen. Perhaps more unfortunate than the statement was the

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CULTURE CLASH: Sexual harassment is an act of violence

#MeToo — a campaign started by actor Alyssa Milano encouraging women to let people know they have experienced sexual harassment or assault has populated social media with evidence of the pervasiveness of sexual violence.

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CULTURE CLASH: We need leaders we can trust and who share what we want

Everyone is talking about leadership. While people battle for top positions in households, corporations, and countries we redefine and re-conceptualize leadership in response to community needs, mindset changes and shifts in power dynamics.

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CULTURE CLASH: Violence breeds violence and it begins in the home

Crime is never off our minds for very long. News reports, stories from friends, social media evidence and personal experiences guarantee our awareness and vigilance.

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CULTURE CLASH: The intelligence needed to care

WHAT makes you think you’re so smart? Maybe you got a few As and Bs on your national exams, maintained a decent GPA, got into your first choice university, landed a great job with a fancy title, or get a lot of likes on your lengthy Facebook posts.

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CULTURE CLASH: The climate change threat we cannot afford to ignore

WHEN we talk about climate change, it is often in limited, abstract ways. Climate change is not just about the temperature, land mass, or sea levels. The effects of climate change include economic loss, changes in atmospheric concentration, and cult

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CULTURE CLASH: Nationalism and collective energy

THE past week has been hectic and panic-filled as the country prepared for Hurricane Irma which we expected to impact more islands and people than it did. We rushed to stores to buy food, water, ice, plywood, and all of the other supplies demanded b

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CULTURE CLASH: D-average students aren't the problem - it's us who are failing them

EVERY year around this time, the entire country is frustrated by the BJC and BGCSE results. The “national average” becomes a measure of our worth and indicator of success, both present and future. For the past decade, this “national average” based o

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CULTURE CLASH: Time for the Church to act, not just preach

The Bahamas Christian Council has long been a source of frustration due to its intentional influence on congregations, lack of citizen-centred action, and the subsequent power it holds over governments (once again affirmed in the Prime Minister’s national address and the promise of Crown Land). It is a body of religious leaders representing various denominations that only seem to make an appearance when convenient for the egos of its membership. It does not have a consistent social or political presence, even as the country faces pressing issues.

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CULTURE CLASH: Raising questions over the future of democracy

The results of the 2017 general election left The Bahamas in good spirits. Many of us have been in celebration mode for months, and insistent that we all temper our demands with patience and manage our expectations of the new FNM-led administration.

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CULTURE CLASH: Tackling the abuse of online harassment

“Talkin’ to people bad” is the Bahamian way. That’s what they want us to believe. We play into the narrative that to be Bahamian is to be abrasive, rude, and condescending without second thought, apology, or recompense. We imagine that adulthood give

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CULTURE CLASH: The Flexibility of Activism

AS social justice issues become more mainstream, the number of activists, advocates, and allies is steadily increasing. People are more involved in conversations about gender, race, class, migration, and a variety of other issues with social media as

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CULTURE CLASH: Our votes are not the only way we can use our voices

THE past few years in The Bahamas have given us many things to think about. Our dissatisfaction mounting, too many of us found ourselves unable to act. Members of Parliament did not disclose, and we were outraged. We made the time and effort to vote

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CULTURE CLASH: A time to believe in our fellow Bahamians

It’s the people’s time. Believe in Bahamians. Forward, upward, onward, together.

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Culture Clash: A matter of policy - how the parties compare

With the general election one week away, the last debate organised by University of The Bahamas’ School of Social Sciences held last night and all plans of the three major parties published on their websites, it’s decision time.

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CULTURE CLASH: Our attitude to cyber crime is alarming

Everyone wants to be entertained.

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CULTURE CLASH: Last call to sign up and use your vote

According to reports from the Parliamentary Registration Department, 141,698 people had registered to vote as at March 20 for the 2017 general election .

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CULTURE CLASH: People power and the true functions of democracy

As the general election of 2017 - date still unknown - draws near, conversations about democracy are being ignited, but largely limited to one of its functions.

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CULTURE CLASH - Women be bold: seize the moment as election looms

TODAY is International Women’s Day, a day for global recognition of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and a call to action for gender equality.

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