IGDS 30th Anniversary



Institute for Gender and Development StudiesDear UWI Community,

The Institute for Gender and Development Studies at The University of the West Indies (UWI IGDS) has been around for 30 years, having been established in 1993. On the heels of the University’s 75th jubilee, the Institute is commemorating its anniversary milestone throughout the 2023/2024 academic year, celebrating 30 years of Advocating for Gender Justice.

Leading scholar-activists and policy initiatives for gender justice in the region and beyond are the UWI IGDS’ legacy. Its work and research are very much grounded in the realities and challenges that face women, men and nonbinary persons

As part of its anniversary celebrations, the Institute is reinforcing its longstanding commitment to gender issues, while strengthening its focus on building awareness and resilience around marginalized groups who are particularly vulnerable to the climate crisis. This includes persons with disabilities (PWD), women, children and the elderly; and working in partnership with Indigenous peoples of the region who have long been subject to narratives of extinction. 

We have several events planned, aimed at advancing the University’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) engagement in achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls, recognizing that gender equality intersects with all of the other SDGs and we hope you’ll join us in this commemoration.






Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Gender-based Foreign Policies

Presentation by Ms. Diana Parra Romero, Gender Affairs Advisor and Foreign Based Policies in Colombia to Jamaica, on “Gender-based Foreign Policies", in collaboration with the Embassy of Columbia, Jamaica & the IGDS Mona Unit. 2:00 PM | Ramson Meeting Room, UWI Regional Headquarters 


Thursday, March 7, 2024 Gender and Migration in Regional and Global Perspectives Book Tour and Discussion with Dr. Farhana Rahman, University of Cambridge, titled: ‘Gender and Migration in Regional and Global Perspectives’ with panelists: Dr Natasha Mortley (IGDS-RCO), Dr. Natalie Deitrich-Jones (SALISES), and Moderator: Professor Fox. 12:00 NOON | Ramson Meeting Room, UWI Regional Headquarters 


March 2024

Webinar hosted by UWI IGDS & University of Johannesburg Pan African Women Studies Unit, Institute of Pan African Thought & Conversation (IPATC).


April 2024

IGDS’ 30th Anniversary Exhibition

An exhibition showcasing the IGDS' journey from its humble beginnings to its current influential position, under the theme “30 Years of Gender Advocacy”. This captivating exhibition will be held at The UWI Regional Headquarters Museum in Jamaica throughout April.



Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Brown Bag Discussion

Panel Discussion with Dr. Keith McNeal, Senior Lecturer at the UWI, St. Augustine Unit

on “Lawfare and the Politics of Homophobia”


Friday, November 24, 2023

World Press Exhibition

Webinar - Narratives of Resistance: “Women Speak their Truth” led by

the St Augustine Unit


Tuesday, November 21, 2023

International Men’s Day Symposium

Panel discussion held under the theme Healthy Men; Healthy World-Zero Male Suicide

hosted by the Mona Campus Unit


Monday, November 20, 2023

Climate, Gender and Land Rights Public Lecture

Featuring Visiting Scholar Professor Manisha Desai hosted by the St Augustine

Campus Unit


Monday, November 20, 2023

Vice-Chancellor’s Forum

International Men’s Day Forum on ‘Masculinity, Fatherhood and Children’s Rights’

hosted by the Regional Coordinating Office