Politics, Sex, and Feminism in Jamaica as told by Beverley Manley Duncan
Friday, March 31, 20238:30 am – 10:30 am EDT/GMT-4
8:30 AM New York l 2:30 PM Vienna
OSUN invites the network community to a virtual screening of "Beverley Manley Uncensored," a documentary uncovering the life of an enigmatic Jamaican icon. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Beverley Manley Duncan, former First Lady of Jamaica, author, activist, and founder of the Jamaican women's movement, and documentary filmmaker, Joelle Simone Powe.
As the wife of Jamaica's former Prime Minister, Michael Manley, Beverley Manley Duncan conversed with global players such as Fidel Castro, Winnie Mandela, and Pierre Trudeau. In this no-stone-unturned documentary, Beverley forces herself to confront her complicated past. What was it like to be a Black woman seated at the table and lying in bed next to powerful political players? Does she play a pivotal or supporting role? As a Black nationalist, she wore large Afros and head turbans in corridors of power where they were typically not welcomed.
Manley Duncan founded the Jamaican Women's Movement, mobilizing policy changes such as equal pay for women, establishing a minimum wage, and maternity leave. She advocated for the rights of sex workers. She is controversial in her outspoken views of women's sexuality, infidelity, and domestic abuse. She is a powerful voice with wisdom to teach the ages. She is a critical link to where we have come from and a seer of where we might be going.
Join us for a riveting discussion with Beverley Manley, now 80 years old, and Bard College alumn turned documentary filmmaker, Joelle Simone Powe. The open conversation will explore feminism’s evolution in the developing world, fashion and hair choices as political statements, mental slavery, power, adultery, and sexual desire at any age.
This event is part of the OSUN Gender Equity Working Group's series dedicated to Gender Equity Month.
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