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Research and Publications

Research is the fastest growing area of work at the Institute. Ongoing research includes:
Gender-based Violence at Work: Barbados Pilot 2017-2019
Under the Gender-Based Violence At Work research project, the IGDS:NBU will undertake a Barbados qualitative study on structural violence and experiences of GBV among healthcare and home help workers as well as individual and institutional responses and strategies toward GBV in the world of work.
The IGDS:NBU was awarded funding to conduct some of the research under this project.

Caribbean Women Catalysts for Change
This project 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 -- Stronger Surer Bolder: Ruth Nita Barrow Social Change and International Development (2001) and Enjoying Power: Eugenia Charles and Political Leadership in the Commonwealth Caribbean (2006). The Institute has now selected The Honourable Madame Justice Désirée Bernard as the subject of research for Phase 3 of the project on the theme of Gender and Caribbean Jurisprudence.

Other research initiatives have included:
Gender and Livelihoods
IGDS:NBU in collaboration with the Hope Foundation undertook a study on the Socio-economic Impact on Women who are Caregivers of Chronically Ill Children. It investigated the needs of women who are responsible for the care of children living with chronic diseases; and examined the corresponding challenges they confront with their livelihoods. The project provided 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.


" By denying or refusing the myriad unscripted ways in which people chance upon, live and love each other, different categories of belonging are created, rendering some families less normal or less valued. This is similar, by the way, to how we tend to think of households headed by women as secondary to the nuclear/male breadwinner family, despite the fact that they represent the family experience of over forty percent of children in the region, or the laws that outlaw lesbian and gay sex and make criminals and non-citizens out of all of us whose desires refuse to be strai(gh)tjacketed. "
Gender, Generation and Memory: Remembering a Future Caribbean, Alissa Trotz

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