Our Research Initiatives


Under our mandate to produce and disseminate knowledge based on the generation and analysis of research data on women, men, and gender related issues in the Caribbean, the IGDS has in excess of two decades’ experience in research around the ways in which systems and structures of gender can be used to enhance sustainability and social equity; improve the life chances of women and other vulnerable groups in the region and enhance structures and frameworks of governance in the region. 

As the leading authority on issues of gender and development in the Caribbean, and in collaboration with regional and international institutions concerned with gender and development; the IGDS has over two and a half decades’ experience of providing advisory services; influencing policy direction and building capacity at every level in the region and throughout its Diaspora.

Both institutionally and through individual members of staff, the IGDS has been has completed and contributed to a substantial body of work directly relevant to mainstreaming gender into structures and frameworks of governance.

IGDS, UWI boasts extensive experience in the implementation and management of research initiatives geared towards capacity building around issues of gender and development, including – though not limited to - the areas of:

  • Gender and Education
  • Gender Analysis and Mainstreaming
  • Capacity development and women’s leadership and economic empowerment
  • Equitable and effective leadership approaches and dynamics.
  • Effective political and social communications, advocacy and activism.
  • Gender-responsive decision-making.
  • Partnership-building with civil society for good governance and accountability.


Research and Community Engagement

The IGDS-RCO believes that it is important to build partnerships, increase knowledge and awareness despite cultural differences to contribute to change for the entire region. To operationalise this objective, the institute has undertaken development projects in conjunction with partners focused on entrenching gender responsiveness in sustainable policies and community engagement practices. The IGDS is committed to using research as an outreach strategy, especially to underserved communities, locally, regionally and internationally. Through these outreach activities the IGDS-RCO sensitizes ordinary women and men, boys and girls, educators, policy makers and the general population to issues of gender and development and social justice.  The IGDS-RCO advocates Gender Justice, a political responsibility operationalised through research and development

IGDS Reserach Projects

Project Title Project Summary Project Lead Project Status Funded By Main Output
Men and Masculinities Projects


Spotlight Projects


Indigenous People of the Caribbean Project

The Caribbean Development Bank

CEDAW Performance/Exhibition Project (CPEP); US Public Diplomacy Small Grants Project

United States Embassy

Community Transformation through Training (C-TTT); Positive Pathways


Caribbean SHEROES Project
The IGDS-RCO in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Caribbean Office implements the third installment of the Caribbean Sheroes Academy under the theme is “Leaving No One Behind”.  The Caribbean Sheroes Initiative is a collaborative project of the IGDS and UNESCO in response to the shocking data around Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) in the Caribbean that is linked to traditional social norms and patriarchal ideologies which have led to a multiplicity of inequalities in the political, economic and social systems. The Sheroes Initiative was established with the aim to build capacity, produce knowledge and enhance the advocacy skills of young people working in human rights, gender and social justice, through knowledge products, mentoring sessions and the Sheroes Academy. You can learn more about the Sheroes Initiative here

Dr. Natasha Mortley 


UNESCO Regional Caribbean