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On the St. Augustine Campus, the IGDS partners with the Human Resources Department in rolling out the Campus consultations and research gathering, for framing The UWI gender policy.


Consultation Process

The policy consultation process aims to engage men and women. The IGDS is fully aware that women are not the only victims of gender injustice.

We are pursuing, as in all policy building exercises:

  • a fact finding mission to examine where The University population, academic and ATS staff as well as the student population, feel that there are instances of social injustice or gaps in our system that need to be addressed;
  • a gender code of conduct and;
  • instruments that present clear directions for complaint or redress and thus generate more confidence in the work space.

This may demonstrate a model for social justice and behavior in the wider society.

This will be done through online surveys as well as three face to face town hall consultations – one for academic staff, one for ATS staff and one for students.


Sample Questions

  • What are the forms of protection that are critical for students and staff on the campus?
  • Do you think there are specific areas that a UWI gender policy might concentrate on, in the first instance, to generate confidence that it is committed to equality and equity?


The UWI Gender Policy


The UWI gender policy is a regional initiative that is located in The UWI Strategic Plan 2012-2017 – Be Heard. Be Informed. Be Empowered. The mandate — to develop a gender policy for The UWI to create a supportive environment for both men and women in all aspects of university life — was given to the Human Resources Department as part of their responsibility for Employee Engagement and Development.



Gender equality means that women and men shall have the same opportunities, rights and obligations in all areas of life. This entails an equal distribution of power and influence, the same opportunities for financial independence and equal terms and conditions as regards work, career and development opportunities. Equality also entails shared responsibility for home and children, as well as freedom from gender-related and sexual harassment.



Areas identified in the pursuit of equality and equity include:

  • creating a safe and secure environment;
  • staff and student welfare;
  • staffing, recruitment, training and advancement;
  • gender and leadership.



Questions of gender and social justice may be addressed in different ways. Some examples of forms used by other universities include: Full blown gender policies (eg. Univ. of Ibadan and Makerere); Gender Codes of Conduct (Univ. of Zurich) and; in some cases the policy falls under a government act (Univ. of Oxford, UK Equality Act).
In your view does UWI need an avenue for questions of gender and social justice?


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Contact Us

We need YOUR concerns, suggestions or feedback and comments, both constructive and critical. Please write to us confidentially through an email dedicated to this policy.