Caribbean Young Womens Leadership Network Established
Date: Monday, June 18, 2012
The “Young Women’s Transformational Leadership Programme”, proposed by DAWN Caribbean, and implemented by the Caribbean Institute for Women in Leadership (CIWiL) with funding and technical support from UN Women has three main objectives:
overcoming structural barriers;
encouraging and supporting women to take up leadership roles or participate in decision-making on an equal footing with men;
supporting women to carry out leadership roles which challenge gender inequalities, to engage in feminist activism and promote women’s rights.
Beginning with an online training module, the programme moved into a residential component with one week of intense and interactive training held in Barbados from 10-15 June 2012. Areas covered included- Transformational Leadership with CARICOM Gender Justice Advocate Dr. Rosina Wiltshire, the Caribbean Political Economy with Dr. Cynthia Barrow-Giles; Caribbean Feminisms and Feminist Organising with Dr. Kamala Kempadoo and Dr. Gabrielle Hosein and Communications and Advocacy with Dr. Tonya Haynes.
Workshop Coordinators, Tamara Huggins and Asha Challenger of CIWiL Antigua explained that the programme is a regional initiative specifically for young women, and on this occasion had 19 participants from six Caribbean countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Dominica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.
“It was an opportunity to share strategies and training and to give support to building a network of young women who are working on various social and developmental issues affecting young women and men, boys and girls", Ms. Huggins said.
"It's been a fantastic programme, we've really been able to launch into exploring training online through discussion forums etc. which will be an important communications vehicle for the network as an online community. The programme has been greatly supported by UN Women and this is a partnership CIWIL is happy to have as we look to strengthen the support to women in politics, leadership and decision making throughout the entire Caribbean, Ms. Huggins added.
Gabrielle Henderson UN Women Programme Specialist noted: The active participation and engagement shown over the past three weeks both in the online and residential training validates the work that UN Women is doing with CIWiL to support women's transformational leadership.
"Providing enabling spaces for young women which facilitates reflection, self-examination, the questioning of lived and gendered realities, is critical for not only the development and empowerment of young women but to the development and growth of Caribbean societies as a whole".