Institute for Gender and Development Studies

IGDS collaborates with a range of civil society and private sector partners on national campaigns to raise awareness on issues related to, among other areas, children, masculinities, gender based violence, non-discrimination and women's rights.


Regional Campaigns

International Men's Day 2021
IGDS St. Augustine Unit joined our colleagues at Mona Unit, Nita Barrow Unit, and IGDS Regional Coordinating Office to commemorate International Men's Day 2021.






Men Who Create 

Jackie Hinkson Trinidad and Tobago
Together, IGDS Regional celebrates ‘Men Who Create’ under the Theme “Men Leading By Example”. A project of IGDS Regional Coordinating Office of The University of the West Indies
Producer: IGDS, St. Augustine Unit; Interviewer: Sue Ann Barratt; Director/Camera: Maria Nunes; Editor: Maria Nunes; Additional Editing: Emily Smart; Sound Recordist: Cedric Smart; Assistant: Marissa Gittens; Music:  Recorded on November 11, 2021 at Jackie Hinkson’s Studio, St. Ann’s, Trinidad and Tobago. Special thanks to Jackie Hinkson. Copyright 2021. All Rights Reserved, IGDS Regional Coordinating Office, The UWI.  #MenWhoCreate  #MenLeadingByExample  #internationalmensday  #Jackie Hinkson  Maria Nunes Photography






Men Who Care

The theme for this year is, "Better relations between women and men" which focuses on improving gender relations and promoting gender equality between men and women. As we work toward achieving gender justice we must challenge harmful gender norms and stereotypes in order to together create peace and care for each other. In collaboration with @rootsfoundationtt we are happy to share the 'Trinbago Men Who Care" video series as part of our #IMD2021 activation. Men, what do you care about? #internationalmensday2021  #MenWhoCare  #TrinbagoMenWhoCare




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#WriteYuhMP Campaign

Violence against women and children has increased tremendously and now is the time for stronger and immediate action by the state of Trinidad and Tobago. As a concerned citizen, you can write to your MP and ask that they actively work with fellow Members of Parliament to advance the necessary policy, legislative and institutional reform, to better serve the women and girls of Trinidad and Tobago. 

Access all the tools that you need here:

Citizens Demand Better

If you want to send us your thoughts so that we can amplify your voices here is a link:

Thank You.
Youth Humanitarian Foundation
IGDS Ignite  Webpage  |  Instagram  I 
The UWI Guild of Students
FEMINITT facebook  |  Twitter  |  Instagram
Youth Advocacy Network


TT Companies Can 

Call to Action. Nov 25. International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Nov 25 to Dec 10. 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. 

In March 2018, The Institute for Gender and Development Studies called for a private sector strategy to address Violence Against Women.

Today, thanks to the Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CADV) and the T&T Chamber of Industry and Commerce, there is now a Domestic Violence in the Workplace Policy which can be adopted by companies across T&T and the Caribbean region. In addition, there is the beginnings of a communication campaign and steps toward roll out of training sessions on policy implementation.

The Coalition Against Domestic Violence, TT Chamber, Ansa McAl Group of Companies, First Citizens Bank, AMCHAM, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and other companies have been a part of moving this forward step by step in recognition of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. During this annual international campaign, it is critical that companies show visible understanding of corporate social responsibility, and how this relates to supporting the DV in the Workplace Policy.

#16Days #ignite #generationequality #TTCompaniesCan #TTChamberCan #TrinidadandTobago


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IGDS and Canadian High Commission — Caribbean Men Can Campaign Taglines
Spots printed Tobago Newsday, February through March 2019

  • HOUSEWORK - Share the care
  • SEXUAL HARASSMENT - Create safe workspaces
  • GENDER EQUALITY - Be an ally
  • MEDIA STEREOTYPES - Change the message
  • BOARDROOM EQUALITY - Make it your business
  • CHILD ABUSE - Keep children safe

Caribbean Men Can Playlist 
#caribbeanmencan #pressforprogress #pressforgenderjustice #iwdtt2018 #timeisnow #speakyourtruth



Domestic Violence
Amendment Bill

Alliance for State Action.

Statement Released May 2021

Newsday Monday 8 February 2021 Women's group alliance calls for action: Tears are not enough, Sean Douglas

Brief - 9 June 2020
Comments on proposed amendments Domestic Violence Act, Chap. 45:56 Download PDF 

Press Release - 18 June 2020
Call to Enact the Doomestic Violence Amendment Bill  Download PDF

Follow the discussion on the Alliance page

Act No. 18 of 2020 Domestic Violence (Amendment) Act July 2020
The Domestic Violence (Amendment) Bill, 2020



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Numerous organisations partner to host a Solidarity Rally and Walk for Women’s Rights in observance of International Women's Day in Trinidad and Tobago. These walk started in locations across T&T 











All allies are invited to join the facebook group

facebook page:

To get involved in the national actions for IWD you can email the team


Marriage Acts of T&T 

The Act, No. 8 of 2017 is an Act to amend the Marriage Act, Chap.45:01, the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act, Chap. 45:2, the Hindu Marriage Act, Chap. 45:3, the Orisa Marriage Act, Chap.45:4 and the Matrimonial Proceedings and Property Act, Chap.45:51, which raises the legal age of marriage to 18, effectively outlawing child marriage. The Bill was passed in Parliament June 9, 2017, without amendments, with 35 members voting for, zero against and zero abstentions.

IGDS Public Forums

October 11th, 2016 - IGDS & Coalition to End Child Marriage in T&T Public Forum "Too Young to Wed"
Public Forum on the Marriage Actsin T&T in commemoration of International Day of the Girl Child. IGDS in collaboration with the Coalition to End Child Marriage in T&T
Chair: Dr. Gabrielle Hosein, Head IGDS; Panellists: Dona Da Costa-Martinez, Family Planning Association of T&T; Brenda Gopeesingh, Hindu Women's Organization; Khadija Sinanan, WOMANTRA
#ChildMarriageisChildAbuse #MakeChildMarriageIllegal #AmendtheMarriageLaws
Facebook event | You Tube Playlist

November 3rd, 2011 - IGDS Public Forum "Is it Better for Girls to Marry? Who decides?"
Institute of International Relations (IIR), Lecture Room 1, The UWI, St. Augustine Camp
Chair: Gabriellie Hosein  Panellists: Rhoda Reddock |  Gaietry Pargass |  Nafeesa Mohammed  |  Jacqueline Sharpe  |  Carol Jaggernauth
Facebook You Tube Playlist   


September 19. 2016 OJO World TT Brunch at 107.7 with Rennie Bishop  "Child Marriages In Trinidad & Tobago" 
Featuring Brenda Gopeesingh, President of the Hindu Women’s Organisation of Trinidad & Tobago

UNFPA State of the World Population - Child Marriage, June 2020!/child-marriage
Child Marriage Trinidad and Tobago YouTube 30 June 2020




IGDS Ignite! Pro Feminist Men's Movement Building
International Men’s Day Outreach
Canada Hall 2016 . Milner Hall 2017
#redcardrapeculture #sparkfeminism #IGDSIgnite! #idealUWIman

Students statements - posters made and posted across Campus and on instagram. 

"Women should not live in fear. How she's dressed does not mean 'Yes'"

"Rape is a man's issue"

"If she says 'No' get up and go"

"Don't force it. 'No' means no!"

"A man is like a taxi driver... He knows when to stop."

"No deosn't mean 'Yes'"

"Hermits stand against rape culture" 



National Gender Policy 

September 9, 2015 - News Release
UWI’s Institute for Gender and Development Studies supports call to approve a National Gender Policy
UWI web

May 22, 2013
IGDS Public Forum
"What does EQUAL mean to you?"

Forum on the Draft National Policy on Gender Equality and Development
Chair: Gabrielle Hosein
Panelists include: Hazel Brown  |  Anna Maria Mora |  Francisca Brown

More information 





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