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Research and Publications

Research is the fastest growing area of work at the Institute. Ongoing research includes:
Caribbean Women Catalysts for Change: The Institute Regional and International Contributions of Outstanding Caribbean Women is the main research project of the Institute of Gender and Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit. It has three dimensions, one of which is research on the public service of outstanding Caribbean women who have contributed to change in key areas. This arm of the project researches, documents and disseminates analysis on the lives of the women selected. To date, the Centre has published two books - the first Stronger Surer Bolder: Ruth Nita Barrow Social Change and International Development (2001) and the second Enjoying Power: Eugenia Charles and Political Leadership in the Commonwealth Caribbean (2006). The Institute has now selected The Honourable Madame Justice Désirée Bernard, Caribbean Court of Justice, as the subject of research for Phase 3 on the theme of Gender and Caribbean Jurisprudence.
Gender and Livehoods: IGDS:NBU in collaboration with the Hope Foundation, is undertaking the Socio-economic Impact on Women who are Caregivers of Chronically Ill Children project which will investigate the needs of women who are responsible for the care of children suffering from chronic diseases; and examine the corresponding challenges they confront with their livelihoods. The project will provide policy makers and health care workers with the vital qualitative and quantitative information on the socio-economic challenges experienced by women who are primary caregivers.
Gender and the Economy: The Impact of a Stabilization and Structural Adjustment Programme on Four Communities In Barbados This project examines the impact of structural adjustment policies on four communities in Barbados. It intends to create a database of quantitative and qualitative data on the differential effect of macroeconomic policies on socioeconomic groups differentiated by class, gender and race.


" I was going to die, sooner or later, whether or not I had even spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silences will not protect you.... What are the words you do not yet have? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence? We have been socialized to respect fear more than our own need for language."
Audre Lorde

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