We-Change Jamaica, established in 2015, is a non-profit organization that advocates for and with lesbian, bisexual, transgender (LBT) women, and non-binary people. The organization aims to fill the gaps in advocacy efforts where LBTQ women and non-binary individuals have historically been marginalized. We-Change is committed to empowering these groups with the necessary tools to advocate and become activists, striving for a world that recognizes and protects the rights of all people, regardless of nationality, socio-economic status, disability, race, gender, or sexuality.
The organization operates with a mission to create a more equitable and just world by employing an intersectional approach to address issues important to LBQ women. It utilizes organizational and engagement strategies that have supported the advancement of the global women’s movement. We-Change focuses on promoting feminist ideals, leading societal change, eliminating discrimination, and achieving and protecting the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of life, including social, political, emotional, spiritual, and economic areas.
The core values of We-Change include accountability, compassion, transformational engagement, open dialogue, and a commitment to do no harm. Their vision is a world where the rights of every woman are respected, and LBQ women’s voices and contributions are noticed and amplified.
We-Change has played a significant role in strengthening the women’s movement in Jamaica, particularly in advocating for LBT women who were previously excluded from much of the country’s LGBT advocacy at the highest levels. The organization was born out of a policy training program in 2014, specifically for LBT women, which led to the realization of the need for a rights-based, young women-led group to involve LBT women in social justice advocacy.
Overall, We-Change Jamaica serves as a crucial advocate for the rights and empowerment of LBTQ women and non-binary people, working towards a more inclusive and just society.