On March 11, 2017 the Tambourine Army will host Jamaica’s first Survivor Empowerment March. The march will begin at 127 Molynes Road, Kingston in the vicinity of the Covenant Moravian Church, and will continue along Molynes Road, onto South Odeon Avenue, and end with a rally at the clock in Half Way Tree.
Along the route there will be four stops that will allow women who are survivors of violence to speak their stories of survival and triumph. The women will be supported in their stories by a spirit-centred drumming group and empowering and uplifting music from Tanya Stephens, Keisha Firmm and Etana. At the rally in Half Way Tree, the Tambourine Army will present their 20-Point Action Plan for Change to end sexual violence and violence against women and girls.
The march is survivor-centred and challenges pervasive societal norms of victim shaming, silencing and blaming, and asks that as a nation we make it easy for women and girls who have been victims of violence to name their perpetrator, navigate an almost impenetrable legal system, and demand their own fair share of justice.
Marches will also be taking place in five other Caribbean states: Barbados, the Bahamas, Dominica, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago. The march is in solidarity with the Caribbean-wide #LifeInLeggings movement and supported by FiWi Jamaica, I’m Glad I’m A Girl Foundation, IGDS, JMMB, IrieFM, UN Women, PRiDE JA Magazine, Island Grill, Eve For Life, CVMTV, Jamaica Teas, Equality For All Foundation Jamaica, Jamaica AIDS Support for Life, 360 Artists and WE-Change.
We recognize the special vulnerability of girls, women with special needs, LBT and older women, and we are encouraging them to participate. Special arrangements will be made to facilitate their participation. Men who support the movement to end violence against women and girls are also invited to participate.
We are adhering to all statutory requirements for the march, and the route was vetted and approved by the police.
Arrangements have been made to ensure that survivors and allies from rural Jamaica are included in the march, and buses have been made available for all parishes.
Persons wishing to participate can register here or call (864-1611/772-6937).