Assessing the Institutional & Cultural Environments for Gender Equality Programming in the Caribbean

Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Professor Barbara Bailey
The UN Women Caribbean Office convened the Regional Advisory Group on Gender and Development meeting on 8-9 December   2011, at UN House, Barbados. In attendance were representatives of the UN system, CARICOM Secretariat, regional women’s organisations, the donor community, the Bureau of Gender Affairs, Barbados and women’s rights activists and scholars.

The Regional Advisory Group on Gender brings together agencies and organisations working at the regional level on gender and development issues, to ensure a more coordinated approach to development programming; to act as an advisory mechanism for the various partners individually and collectively; and to provide a forum for the exchange of experiences and ideas coming out of programming in the region.

The group is co-chaired by UN Women and CARICOM. The 2011 meeting included recipients of the CARICOM Triennial Award for Women, Dr. Joycelin Massiah, Professor Barbara Bailey and Dr. Peggy Antrobus.
Professor Bailey delivered a presentation entitled: “Assessing the Institutional & Cultural Environments for Gender Equality Programming in the Caribbean”.

“…although efforts of international, regional and national institutions have created driving forces that have pushed women beyond the boundary of the private domain and an acceptance of shifting ideologies about feminine roles and functions, on their part, a concomitant shift has not occurred in the ideologies undergirding the construction of masculinity particularly in relation to the private domain”.

               Professor Barbara Bailey has distinguished herself in the field of education, gender studies and research. She has been and continues to be a strong advocate of gender equality and equity through her teaching and research activities.

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