Institute for Gender and Development Studies


Research Assistant & Coordinator IGDS Ignite 

MSc (UWI), PG Diploma aand BSc (Univ of Guyana)


Renuka Anandjit is currently a PhD candidate, Research Assistant and Coordinator of the Undergraduate student group Ignite, at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, UWI St. Augustine. She holds a BSc. in Social Work and Post-Graduate Diploma in Development Studies from the University of Guyana and an MSc. In Gender and Development from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. Her research areas include ethnicity, gender, politics and reproductive rights.

She has over 12 years of experience working in the non-profit public health and human rights sectors, with specific focus on HIV/AIDS, LGBTI rights, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, youth, gender and human rights. Her experience includes project management, training and programme design, community outreach, advocacy, resource mobilization, counseling, public relations and logistics. She is currently a member of the Guyana Sex Work Coalition.



Course Coordinator and Teaching Assistant
  • GEND 1103- Introduction to Women’s Studies: Theoretical Concepts and Sources of Knowledge
  • GEND 2013- Men and Masculinities in the Caribbean

Project Support

  • Making of Feminisms in the Caribbean. IGDS. 2017-2018.
  • Sexual Culture of Justice. IGDS. 



Areas of interest
  • ethnicity
  • gender
  • politics
  • reproductive rights
PhD research

Negotiations and Transformations: Charting Indo-Guyanese women’s labour and political participation from 1945 to the Contemporary Period

Graduate Research Seminars
  • May 2018 - Exploring the absence of abortion services in the public health sector: Implications for rural women in Guyana
    Supervisor: Dr Angelique Nixon
MSc Research 
  • July 2018- “Rural Women, Reproductive Justice and State Neglect in Guyana"



Coordinator, IGDS Ignite!
  • Capacity building and mentorship for undergraduate students. 
  • Social media branding and content.
  • Oversight and content generation for Cat Calls of UWI, a project highlighting street harassment at the St. Augustine campus.
  • Expanding networks and partnerships with the Guild of Students and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)

Working Group Co-Coordinator (2017-2019) and team member (2020)
Annual Women’s Rights March and Rally, Trinidad and Tobago.

Media Interviews 
  • Panelist- Tackling Sexual Harassment in the Caribbean: Exploring the CARICOM Model Protection Against Sexual Harassment Bill. Big Issues programme. Antigua Observer Radio. October 2019. 
  • Panelist- Modernized Abortion Laws in Antigua and Barbuda: The Way Forward. Big Issues programme. Antigua Observer Radio. March 2020.
  • Panelist - Engaging Allies: Ending Violence Against Women in the context of a pandemic. CEDAW Committee of T&T and Power 102.1 FM April 2020
  • Governance and Financial Management Capacity Building Workshop and Manual Development. Trinidad and Tobago Sex Work Coalition. August 2019. 
Panels and Discussions
  • Presenter- Understanding Gender Dynamics in Race Relations. Interrogating Anti-Blackness and Race Relations. A joint forum hosted by the Guyanese Students Association of Trinidad and Tobago, the Guyanese Student Association Jamaica and the Guyanese Student Association Cave Hill. July 2020. 



  • The Revolutionary Legacy of Canefields: Reclaiming Indo-Caribbean Marxisms”. SALISES, ‘Whither the Caribbean Left?’ Symposium, The UWI, St. Augustine Campus, March, 2018. (co-authored with A. Sanatan)

















Appointments & Memberships

Guyana Sex Work Coalition

New Haven Collective, Trinidad and Tobago



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