The conference is a collaboration between the Institute for Gender and Development Studies – Regional Coordinating Office (IGDS –RCO) and the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars (ACWWS).


The IGDS – RCO Brief Description

The Regional Coordinating Office (RCO) is the administrative hub of the Regional Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS) and coordinates the regional activities of the three Campus-Based Units, the Mona Campus Unit (MCU), the Nita Barrow Unit (NBU), and the St. Augustine Unit (SAU), including convening meetings of the Unit Heads, the Management Committee and the yearly Regional Planning and Strategy Committee (RPSC) meetings; consulting with the Campus-Based Units on policy formulation and project management; developing and coordinating regional research projects; facilitating collaboration among Campus-Based Units on matters of teaching, research, outreach, publications and conferences; and coordinating the establishment of collaborative relationships with regional and multi-lateral institutions on behalf of the IGDS. In addition, the RCO runs a Graduate Programme and plays an active role in the development of gender-sensitive policies and programmes at the national, regional, and international levels. The RCO also provides technical advice to multi-lateral, governmental, and non-governmental agencies on several projects and programmes.

ACWWS Brief Description

The Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars (ACWWS) was formed in 1994 to continue the momentum sparked by the 1988 Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars Conference organized by Prof. Selwyn Cudjoe (then of Wellesley College), and thereby advance creative writing and critical work by and about Caribbean women. ACWWS still celebrates and circulates the literature, orature, and literary scholarship of Caribbean women, but has expanded to include multidisciplinary research about Caribbean women, gender, and sexuality. The organization strives to provide a forum for critical examinations of this wide body of work; increase awareness of the Caribbean diaspora; and foster a climate of cooperation among all linguistic and cultural groups of the Caribbean. Please visit our website: