Monthly Archives: April 2014

ONE BILLION RISING FOR JAMAICA!!!!!!!!!!

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Jamaica is a place of breathtaking beauty, home of the delectable sounds of lovers rock and dance hall music.A true gem in the heart of the Caribbean Ocean.. As humans, ideally we like to venture to places that appear to be an oasis and utopia.The truth of the matter is for all the beauty there is in the world there is also  pain and suffering, its the way of the world.I have aligned my own yoga and meditation work to bring awareness about the healing i have encountered as a survivor of sexual violence.

I am hosting a Wellness Retreat to Jamaica this  June 2014. CLICK >>HERE<< FOR MORE DETAILS.

Jamaican native Karen Ayee has an initiative ONE BILLION RISING FOR JAMAICA that promotes healthy lives for women in Jamaica, specifically those who are survivors of  sexual  and domestic violence. Interviewed Karen she shared some lovely information about the importance of women connecting to the DIVINE FEMININE  and how to fuse social justice and self-care.

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Misia: What inspired you to create ONE BILLION RISING for Jamaican women and girls?

Karen:  Every woman was once a girl.  As an advocate, I was first inspired by attending the One Billion Rising in 2013 at Washington Square in New York.  It was Debbie Allen’s ‘Brake That Chain Dance’ and I thought of Jamaica so creative and musically talented they should rise for the same cause.  My cohost  Damali Robertson and I was later asked to coordinate and lead Jamaica in the Rise with the Caribbean for 2014, (it was just what we do).  We both cohost a blogtalk radio show called ennufff and it was the perfect opportunity to involve the island to unite against sexual violence on women and children.

 

My concerns on the issues of women and girls in Jamaica are around sexual violence such as rape, carnal assault on children, incest, sexual molestation, domestic violence.  Now this should be on the government’s

agenda of priorities, a national crisis, everyone’s concern, of urgency, a state of emergency, hysteria, but instead, there is a deafening silence. A dark painful shameful confusion of this sexual misconduct, disorder, and dysfunction.  So, ‘Being’  the woman I Am who is still very much in touch with the little girl inside,  I thought of ‘Rising for Girls’ would be the start to healing and awareness of One Billion Rising for Justice, seeking to end violence against women and children.  I looked at Justice and thought Rising through Education, through the ‘One Love’ campaign without aggression or resistance would be ideal and uniting.  So I set the vision and put it to work, giving a girl education, love, and support is an aid to self esteem, motivation, and success.  It is now a movement!

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M:How do you fuse activism with self-care?

 

K: With the work we do it is important to self-care as we serve.  Who will take best care of self but ourselves.  Activism can carry across many emotions so I encourage inclusively mind body spirit for healing and self-care.  Trauma leaves emotional and physical pains of various depression and self-care is relative and relatable with activism.  Personally, Transcendental Meditation TM, I practice along with Yoga and lots of sounds and nature connecting work is restoring for my own well-being.  Trapped emotions can be disabling so exercise, and yoga is great for the physical healing of movement, transformation, and restoration.  A balanced diet for the body and mind is a daily practice of good food and good thoughts.  Bitterness can leave you with added ailments that can later be diseased.  Activism is for personal, social change and for change to take place we must lend a voice for the voiceless, and a hand for the handless.  Activism sets a ground to stand against something that is oppressive and without justice.  When wrong doings have been done to a female, if she is not taken care of, she will pass on the same ill-issues to her children and that is a vicious cycle.  When self-care is rendered it is a personal progressive uprising of self service.  Healing is knowing and accepting what is only good for oneself, and it takes activism to share with others the possibilities of challenges and opportunities from a common shared ground to rise.

 

M:What makes Jamaica such a special destination for vacation ?

 

K:Jamaica is a very special place to rejuvenate and heal.   A unique space to vacation or to get to know yourself.  There is a natural sense and feel of freedom and liberation that not just comes from the sun, sand, wood, and water.  It is a natural setting in a nature bound tropical environment that supplies you physically and spiritually for your own personal gain.  It is everything in the Wholistic sense, apart from the island’s hustle bustle, the sun, food, music, dance, people, and scenery, it is pleasant to embrace.  You see and feel something from everything if you get a chance to really ‘See, feel, and hear’.  Despite the country’s own economic issues, Jamaice is a place you have to come to experience it, and to feel it, “It is Pure Irie Vibes and you leave feeling happy, healed, and with new friends”.   The possibilities of creativity flows s when you come to ‘yawd’, ‘the little rock’, as we say here in Jamaica, please eat whatever fruit you see most that is in season, it will leave you with your own juices flowing with lots of experiences and memories.

 

M:What does women’s empowerment mean to you?

 

K: Women are the foundation as creators, they are naturally empowered species, strong, nurturers, lovers, and care-givers as sisters and mothers.  Women’s empowerment means we take each other seriously with respect for the Divine in each of us to heal, aid, and support wherever we are or whenever we can.  Oh, btw, Congratulations on your upcoming summer workshop in Jamaica, that is empowerment!  Jamaica awaits your welcome!

 

As I was saying, When I rise, you rise, when you rise we should all rise and help support each woman/girl in unity, community.  Women need to continue to Rise to claim and control their own bodies and lives.  I see where women’s empowerment means upliftment, movement, progression, healing, supporting, inspiring, and motivating.  As nurturers, mothers, and cultivators, we must come from a place of loving kindness and overstanding to guide and share with each other care and postivity.  The patriarchal system must not be revolted and be replaced with the same oppression, aggression, but seeked with an even male female balance of equal rights, love, and respect.  Women must protect each other, we must not support hurting another female because of deceit.  Healing must take place in righting our wrongs, this time of Feminine Energies Alignment needs this.

 

Our men have removed the value of our women from her rightful position, abandoned and replaced her in the opposite role, leaving nothing but confusion within the family structure.  This only serves fit that the patriarchal paradoxical oppression on women is the distinct version that women did rule at a time, was wrongfully removed and so must be replaced in her original position.  Women empowerment is divine intervention where more feminine energies are in various spaces, various levels awakening and stepping out to Rise!

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To restore, maintain, and solidify the foundation for women as the creators for this earth, we must reassess our value systems, empower women and girls and be accountable to ourselves and others, as sisters.  Girls Rising campaign ‘One Girl with Courage is a Revolution’, means to heal our selves as women, girls need empowerment, the little girl that identifies within each woman.  When we are empowered all is well for the next girl.  Women need to restore visuals of great women of our past because we descended from great queens and we have lost connection from our past, their history, and their works.  Women are being awakened for reconnecting, contacts, villages,  town hall talks, workshops, restoration to their rightful positions as women of creation and not exhibition.  We must not be separated but united with our Divine Feminine.  Rise! I Am Woman watch me Grow.

Karen:  Every woman was once a girl.  As an advocate, I was first inspired by attending the One Billion Rising in 2013 at Washington Square in New York.  It was Debbie Allen’s ‘Brake That Chain Dance’ and I thought of Jamaica so creative and musically talented they should rise for the same cause.  My cohost  Damali Robertson and I was later asked to coordinate and lead Jamaica in the Rise with the Caribbean for 2014, (it was just what we do).  We both cohost a blogtalk radio show called ennufff and it was the perfect opportunity to involve the island to unite against sexual violence on women and children.

My concerns on the issues of women and girls in Jamaica are around sexual violence such as rape, carnal assault on children, incest, sexual molestation, domestic violence.  Now this should be on the government’s agenda of priorities, a national crisis, everyone’s concern, of urgency, a state of emergency, histeria, but instead, there is a deafening silence. A dark painful shameful confusion of this sexual misconduct, disorder, and disfunction.  So, ‘Being’  the woman I Am who is still very much in touch with the little girl inside,  I thought of ‘Rising for Girls’ would be the start to healing and awareness of One Billion Rising for Justice, seeking to end violence against women and children.  I looked at Justice and thought Rising through Education, through the ‘One Love’ campaign without aggression or resistance would be ideal and uniting.  So I set the vision and put it to work, giving a girl education, love, and support is an aid to self esteem, motivation, and success.  It is now a movement!

M:How do you fuse activism with self-care?

 

K: With the work we do it is important to self-care as we serve.  Who will take best care of self but ourselves.  Activism can carry across many emotions so I encourage inclusively mind body spirit for healing and self-care.  Trauma leaves emotional and physical pains of various depression and self-care is relative and relatable with activism.  Personally, Transcendental Meditation TM, I practice along with Yoga and lots of sounds and nature connecting work is restoring for my own well-being.  Trapped emotions can be disabling so exercise, and yoga is great for the physical healing of movement, transformation, and restoration.  A balanced diet for the body and mind is a daily practice of good food and good thoughts.  Bitterness can leave you with added ailments that can later be diseased.  Activism is for personal, social change and for change to take place we must lend a voice for the voiceless, and a hand for the handless.  Activism sets a ground to stand against something that is oppressive and without justice.  When wrong doings have been done to a female, if she is not taken care of, she will pass on the same ill-issues to her children and that is a vicious cycle.  When self-care is rendered it is a personal progressive uprising of self service.  Healing is knowing and accepting what is only good for oneself, and it takes activism to share with others the possibilities of challenges and opportunities from a common shared ground to rise.

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M:What makes Jamaica such a special destination for vacation ?

 

K:Jamaica is a very special place to rejuvenate and heal.   A unique space to vacation or to get to know yourself.  There is a natural sense and feel of freedom and liberation that not just comes from the sun, sand, wood, and water.  It is a natural setting in a nature bound tropical environment that supplies you physically and spiritually for your own personal gain.  It is everything in the Wholistic sense, apart from the island’s hustle bustle, the sun, food, music, dance, people, and scenery, it is pleasant to embrace.  You see and feel something from everything if you get a chance to really ‘See, feel, and hear’.  Despite the country’s own economic issues, Jamaica is a place you have to come to experience it, and to feel it, “It is Pure Irie Vibes and you leave feeling happy, healed, and with new friends”.   The possibilities of creativity flows s when you come to ‘yawd’, ‘the little rock’, as we say here in Jamaica, please eat whatever fruit you see most that is in season, it will leave you with your own juices flowing with lots of experiences and memories.

 

M:What does women’s empowerment mean to you?

 

K:Women are the foundation as creators, they are naturally empowered species, strong, nurturers, lovers, and care-givers as sisters and mothers.  Women’s empowerment means we take each other seriously with respect for the Divine in each of us to heal, aid, and support wherever we are or whenever we can.  Oh, btw, Congratulations on your upcoming summer workshop in Jamaica, that is empowerment!  Jamaica awaits your welcome!

 

As I was saying, When I rise, you rise, when you rise we should all rise and help support each woman/girl in unity, community.  Women need to continue to Rise to claim and control their own bodies and lives.  I see where women’s empowerment means upliftment, movement, progression, healing, supporting, inspiring, and motivating.  As nurturers, mothers, and cultivators, we must come from a place of loving kindness and overstanding to guide and share with each other care and positivity.  The patriarchal system must not be revolted and be replaced with the same oppression, aggression, but sought with an even male female balance of equal rights, love, and respect.  Women must protect each other, we must not support hurting another female because of deceit.  Healing must take place in righting our wrongs, this time of Feminine Energies Alignment needs this.

 

Our men have removed the value of our women from her rightful position, abandoned and replaced her in the opposite role, leaving nothing but confusion within the family structure.  This only serves fit that the patriarchal paradoxical oppression on women is the distinct version that women did rule at a time, was wrongfully removed and so must be replaced in her original position.  Women empowerment is divine intervention where more feminine energies are in various spaces, various levels awakening and stepping out to Rise!

 

To restore, maintain, and solidify the foundation for women as the creators for this earth, we must reassess our value systems, empower women and girls and be accountable to ourselves and others, as sisters.  Girls Rising campaign ‘One Girl with Courage is a Revolution’, means to heal our selves as women, girls need empowerment, the little girl that identifies within each woman.  When we are empowered all is well for the next girl.  Women need to restore visuals of great women of our past because we descended from great queens and we have lost connection from our past, their history, and their works.  Women are being awakened for reconnecting, contacts, villages,  town hall talks, workshops, restoration to their rightful positions as women of creation and not exhibition.  We must not be separated but united with our Divine Feminine.  Rise! I Am Woman watch me Grow.

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[END INTERVIEW]

Karen Ayee was born in Jamaica.  She lives in Harlem, New York with her husband and children.  Karen is a sexual abuse survivor, advocate, and wears many hats.  She is a  entertainment production manager, community leader/volunteer, radio co-host, writer, storyteller, and a graduate student pursuing holistic psychology for complimentary therapy.  It is the mind, body and soul that are injured when sexual violence occurs.  She is passionate about healing progressively on all these elements and helping to empower women, men, boy and girls.  Despite her own issues and pursuits, her greatest challenge is the balance of maintaining her own self care, and seeing all her children happy and healthy in their growth, and established in their well-being.   

website :www.progressiveuprising.com

 email Karen at  kuprising@gmail.com or 1billionrisingjm@gmail.com

for donations to OBR, please email Karen Ayee or Damali Robertson at 1billionrisingjm@gmail.com for further instructions

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