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Reach for Rights Camp 2018

IGDS Reach for Rights Camp is a feminist movement building and mentorship camp that establishes a method of outreach to secondary school CAPE graduates who are preparing for university and looking for skills training and other ventures. The camp would be held on The UWI Campus, giving the participants an opportunity to experience the tertiary education environment. In its first year, the camp is targeings 15 students from 7 schools in Trinidad.

The aims of the camp are to successfully engage in feminist discussion and teachings in keeping with the IGDS’ commitment to social justice, ecological justice and the promotion of gender just human relations. This camp will prioritize themes surrounding development, human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals. Given our current national challenges, this camp is a part of a broader IGDS strategy to mobilize youth and inform their perspectives in hopes of impacting our national community and world.



  • To provide mentorship and guidance in the fields of gender, ecological justice and development.
  • To promote and initiate critical thinking and self-assessment about beliefs and values from a gendered lens.
  • To provide opportunities that stimulate thought-provoking discussion among the campers.
  • To help all campers to appreciate their natural environment and take active roles in protecting this planet.
  • To allow each camper to experience and participate in group discussion that leads to advocacy


Themes to be engaged:

  • Capitalism
  • Patriarchy
  • Social relations of gender
  • Ecological Justice
  • Human Rights
  • Sexuality
  • History
  • Politics
  • Development
  • Violence


Brief programme outline

Day 1: Basic definitions, concepts and self-reflection surrounding understandings of gender relations

Day 2: Ecological Justice – Screenings and discussion

Day 3: Field Trip to Sun Eater Organics, Maracas, St. Joseph to engage with Gillian Goddard as she gives a tour of her ecologically sustainable business.

Day 4: Workshops surrounding themes of sex, HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, art, dating and spoken word.

Day 5: Presentation of awards to campers; Showcase of the week of activities to funders, parents, guardians, and teachers; Luncheon


In 2018, the camp will be held at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, Seminar Room from July 9–13, 2018, daily from 9:30am to 2:30pm.