The UWI has historically concerned itself with issues of gender justice. From inception, it was open to women on the same terms and conditions that are applicable to men. In May 2018, a gender policy was launched, formalising the University's commitment to gender justice and establishing a framework for its implementation.
Development of the policy was led by former Director of The UWI IGDS Regional Coordinating Office, Professor Verene A. Shepherd. Current Director, Professor Opal Adisa, will lead its implementation along with a Gender Mainstreaming Committee responsible for championing gender justice across The UWI.
The policy will inform changes necessary at all levels of the regional university towards the promotion of gender justice, and address issues of equity, sensitivity and resource allocation. It is also a blueprint to incorporate issues of gender and development and to express the fundamental principles vital to sustainable growth and development throughout the Caribbean.
The UWI's commitment to gender mainstreaming is reiterated in the Triple A Strategy, where gender justice is included among the University's core values. This official policy further bolsters the University's commitment to enforcing the tenets of gender justice throughout the institution. It also sets a precedent in doing so, providing a model as a university of best practice.