Jamaica: Dancehall artists call for an end to violence against women

The death of the young Khanice Jackson has caused a stir in the dancehall community, whose body was found in Portmore the past 26 March after two days of disappearance, This generated commotion and caused both women and men renowned artists of the genre to make public condemnation on their social networks demanding justice.

Khanice Jackson's case is not the first, If not, it has become a symbol of the wave of violence that the island is experiencing and that especially affects women, boys and girls.

D´Angel, Nadine Sutherland, Shenseea, Pamputtae, Ce´cile, Tanya Stephens, Sevana, Dovey Magnum, Tami Chin Mitchell; so also several male artists shared their condolences and reacted to the unfortunate news, as Popcaan who has been one of the most insistent and extreme regarding the measures that -in his opinion- the government should take on this issue, calling on authorities to set the precedent and "hang them", sentence rapists to death.

The dancehall star is the father of a preteen girl, and had already made the news in previous years for this same issue, This clearly indicates that violence against women on the island has not diminished nor has it become a priority for the Jamaican authorities regarding the public policies that should be adopted to stop this serious situation that afflicts Jamaican women., a reality that affects women in the world.

In 2017, the artist released “Jungle Justice” following an increase in the number of violent acts against women. Given the outrage that he himself has expressed through his social networks, yesterday Popcaan released a new single addressing this issue, mentioning two renowned victims who had previously sparked outrage: Ashanti Riley, of 18 years, murdered in December 2020 in Trinidad and Tobago, y Jasmine Dean, the visually impaired jamaican college student who has been missing without a trace for over a year.

In this same line, Popcaan opened a new Instagram account in order to raise awareness about violence against women while calling for a march for Justice for Jackson. The "unruly" has not been the only artist to talk about this issue in a song. “Execution” de Jada Kingdom (2019) Y “Protect them” (2019) by Vybz Kartel are two songs that were triggered by social problems related to women and children in Jamaica, to name a few.

Ce´cile for his part he directed his darts to his fellow DJs and selectors, criticizing the hypocrisy that is generated in the middle among those who have dabbled in dubplates that promoted the culture of rape and abuse of women.

"This is just getting out of mouths. We don't take posture seriously “, continued in the post caption.

In Instagram stories later he added: “it's very good to say “stop doing something”, but if you hang out with, you eat with, you drink with, you celebrate with, you promote to, the same thing that you're saying must stop, Do you think you're helping to stop something? (with your attitude). This includes your brother who won't stop hitting his wife, to your brother who does not want to stop slapping his daughter; your brother who sleeps with a minor, your brother who forces a woman and then laughs saying that she is being difficult ".

They joined the call via social networks to eradicate violence against women Beenie Man, Teejay, the producer Romeich, Tarrus Riley, Jah Vinci, Richie Spice, Y Treasure Burrell, to name a few, the latter made a mea culpa and publicly called for an end to the culture of “inform the dead"Or who protects the information regarding a crime to avoid being considered a"just”And the eventual consequences of it.

Burrell published: “I have been guilty of supporting the dead information culture and I have also been good friends with evil people. Until we can admit that we are all part of the problem, We can never try to blame the government and the police alone. IF YOU VIOLATE, ROBAS O MATAS PERSONAS, DON'T APPROACH ME BECAUSE I WILL PERSONALLY SELL YOU. Jamaica ended the bad man's culture “.

It should be noted that this demand is not new. Previous years Reggae Dancehall artists have risen up demanding an end to violence against women in Jamaica, situation that -apparently- still does not have a concrete or immediate solution.

Since Reggae Chalice we join the call and invite you to listen to our latest production "Not one less", song that raises its voice for the women who die every year at the hands of a femicide and that demands an end to violence against women.