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at Cave Hill, Barbados

Caribbean Institute for Gender and Development




The Caribbean Institute in Gender and Development (CIGAD) is the region’s premier gender and development training certificate programme. Established in 1993, this intensive course provides comprehensive training in the ways social relations of gender impact Caribbean development, while strengthening the Unit’s outreach in non-campus territories. CIGAD has exposed over 200-strong alumni to key theoretical and methodological approaches to gender relations, as well as innovative training in the application of these approaches to impact positive social change. Participants have applied these lessons to their work and activism at the state and grassroots level as farmers, police officers, university professors, students, social workers, teachers, attorneys-at-law and magistrates, and as staff or directors of international NGOs, Women and Gender Bureaux, religious and trade union organisations and media houses.

The objectives of CIGAD are:
  • To provide critical insights into feminist theories and methodologies and their application to everyday issues in Caribbean societies.
  • To impart skills of gender analysis as tools for analyzing and understanding developmental processes.
  • To examine historical, political, cultural, environmental, social and economic issues from the perspective of the social relations of gender.
  • To develop a consciousness of gender relations as a mechanism to facilitate professional analysis and raise levels of confidence and self-awareness.
  • To enable participants to act as catalysts for change by developing leadership and communication skills.
  • To enable participants to share experiences and develop networks as a basis for future action.

The next CIGAD will be held in the summer of 2017.

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Audre Lorde

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Institute for Gender and Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit
Telephone: (246) 417-4490-93 Fax: (246) 424-3822 Email: gender@cavehill.uwi.edu