Ms JD’s Public Interest Scholarship Response

Silence has always been a defining factor of who I was. I knew that I had a voice, but I did not think it deserved to be heard. As a Jamaican woman, my society ensured that our voices were only relevant in circumstances that did not address the discrimination or abuse we endured. I was allowed to have a voice in the classroom and the board room, but not when confronting misogyny or violence perpetuated against me. My society created a bubble where women were made ignorant to the very issues that hurt us by invalidating our experiences. How were…

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