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Archives: Past Caribbean Women Catalysts for Change Lecture Series

Archives | Past Lectures | Specialist Workshops

The lecture series was inaugurated in 1995 by Dame Eugenia Charles of Dominica and in 1996 was dedicated to honouring the memory of Dame Nita Barrow, Governor General of Barbados, 1990 - 1995. The lecture series is now in its fourteenth year. Twelve of the fourteenth lectures planned were delivered, (see lecture no. 3). Several of the lectures have been published in the Working Paper Series. Lectures and presenters are:

  • Lecture no. 14 Women's Leadership in our Globalized Society: A Critical Look. Professor Elsa Tamez. November 14, 2008. 
  • Lecture no. 13 Gender, Generation and Memory: Remembering a Future Caribbean. Dr. Alissa Trotz. November 16, 2007. 
  • Lecture no.11 The Promotion and Enforcement of Women's Human Rights Within the Judicial System of the Caribbean. The Honourable Madame Justice Desiree Bernard, O.R., C.C.H. First Female Judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice. November 18th, 2005. 
  • Lecture no.10 A Woman's Place in the 21st Century Movement: Reflections on the Quest for Sovereignty and Unity. Ms Selma James, Author, Activist and Widow of C.L.R. James, November 12th, 2004. 
  • Lecture no. 9 Men and Masculinities in the Contemporary Caribbean. Dr Linden Lewis, Professor of Sociology, Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, USA, November 14th, 2003. 
  • Lecture no. 8 Women and Islam in Africa in the Twenty first Century. Dr. Fatou Sow, Senior Lecturer, Cheik Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal, November 15, 2002. 
  • Lecture no. 7 Travelling Mercies. Lorna Goodison, Poet, Author and Artist, University of Toronto and Jamaica. November 16, 2001. 
  • Lecture no. 6 The Debate on Gender and Development: An African Feminist Perspective. Dr Patricia McFadden, Senior Program Officer, Gender Division of the South African Institute for Policy Studies, Zimbabwe, November 17, 2000. 
  • Lecture no. 5 Globalisation, Women’s Poverty and Sustainable Development. Devaki Jain, Founder the International Network, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era, DAWN, Bangalore, India. November 12, 1999. 
  • Lecture no. 4 UWI - A Progressive University for Women? Dr Marlene Hamilton, Pro Vice Chancellor for Administration and Special Initiatives, University of the West Indies. December 4, 1998. 
  • Lecture no. 3 Women and Political Leadership in the Commonwealth Caribbean. Honourable Portia Simpson. Minister of Labour, Social Security and Sport, Government of Jamaica. Scheduled for November 14, 1997. Please note this lecture was cancelled one week before the date. The Minister called to say general elections had just been declared and no ministers could travel. It was too late to reschedule. It had already been advertised. 
  • Lecture no. 2 A Vision of Health and Development for the Twenty First Century. Dr. Karen Sealy. Caribbean Regional Coordinator, Pan American Health Organisation. November 15, 1996. 
  • Lecture no. 1 The Experiences of the First Female Prime Minister in the Commonwealth Caribbean. Dame Eugenia Charles, Prime Minister of Dominica, 1980 - 1995. November 3, 1995.


" For masculinity has never been settled in the sense of being fixed and unalterable. Masculinity has always shifted, regrouped, adjusted or reposition itself in relation to the specific configuration of social forces and challenges that it faces. "
Unsettling Masculinity in the Caribbean- Facing a Future without Guarantees, Linden Lewis

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