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Changing Gender Relations in the 21st Century Caribbean

Changing Gender Relations in the 21st Century Caribbean is one of the Unit’s flagship projects. The interdisciplinary research project maps contemporary relations of gender in the Caribbean region, with particular emphasis on Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Antigua, Haiti, Belize and Trinidad and Tobago. It is informed by the groundbreaking Women in the Caribbean Project (WICP) which was inaugurated in 1979.
Changing Gender Relations in the 21st Century Caribbean will revisit the thematic concerns of WICP, and address emerging questions in gender relations and Caribbean feminist thought by drawing on the diverse research interests of scholars at the IGDS as well as insights from the classroom and consultations with interested parties.
The project will focus on the following areas:
a. Gender and Economic Relations / Women, Gender and the Economy
b. State Accountability and the Measurement of Progress
c. Gender and the Law/Legislation
d. Gender and Health
e. Gender-Based Violence
f. Caribbean Feminist Theorising on Gender, Sexuality and Power
g. Gender construction and performance among Caribbean women and men


" Homosexuality has always, and will always, pose a problem for hegemonic masculinity. Homosexuality represents one of the biggest challenges to masculinity because it refuses to conform to those dominant ideas about what is a man, how he should behave and whether there is only one way of understanding masculinity. The fact of the matter is that men do not stop being men because of the sex of the person with whom they sleep. "
Unsettling Masculinity in the Caribbean- Facing a Future without Guarantees, Linden Lewis

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Institute for Gender and Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit
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