The Institute of Gender and Development Studies (Regional Coordinating Unit)


Prof. Opal Palmer ADISA


"The Master's tool will never dismantle the master's house." Audre Lorde

I am particularly delighted to welcome you to the Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS) as we celebrate our quarter century milestone.

Over our twenty-five years of establishment, the IGDS has been the leading research institute in the Caribbean on issues of gender and development, equity, diversity and inclusion. From advocacy for adolescent rights to ending xenophobia and everything in between, the teaching, research and outreach work of the IGDS has assisted in generating knowledge towards an understanding of our Caribbean realities.

We have helped to direct regional policy towards social transformation; we have trained and developed a cadre of women and men who are well equipped to enhance sustainability, social equity and Gender Justice in the Caribbean and beyond.

Our current ideological approach focuses on RACE: Research, Activism, Community Engagement and Education, an integral component of which is the fight for Gender Justice. Gender justice is human justice, and it is the implementation of a system based on justice for all, so that both females and males can realize and develop to their fullest potential. This is a paradigm shift that acknowledges the imbalance of a system that has caused and continues to cause damage to women as well as men, whereas gender equality simplifies this complex issue to a mathematical equation and seeks to rectify numbers but still work within the same system. When we talk gender justice, we are inclusive and looking at all people and how to create modules that work for all, if not the greater majority...Read more