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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 2019.

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" Feminists must position themselves within a space that questions the compulsory heterosexuality promoted by Church and nation-state, which undermines economic and social gains women have made. We must question the extent to which gains that women have made exist within a heterosexist matrix in which women's sexed bodies are used and reused. Finally, we must ask whether the fight should be for equality between genders, or for a destruction of sexual and gender categories all together. The women's movement in the Caribbean must question whether or not the rights they hold so dear, are rights that actually maintain and reinforce colonial constructions of woman and man."
When the Closet is a Region- Homophobia, Heterosexism and Nationalism in the Caribbean, Tara Atluri

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Institute for Gender and Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit
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