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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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" 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. "
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Institute for Gender and Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit
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