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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
 
 
 
 
 

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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
Telephone: (246) 417-4490-93 Fax: (246) 424-3822 Email: gender@cavehill.uwi.edu