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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.


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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


Alliance for State Action.

February 2021

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

















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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

BRIEF - 9 JUNE 2020 - Comments on proposed amendments Domestic Violence Act, Chap. 45:56
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Follow the discussion on the Alliance page




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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 












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 
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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