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UWI St Augustine Campus Congratulates Professor Rhoda Reddock

For Release Upon Receipt - June 11, 2018

St. Augustine

The St. Augustine Campus of The University of the West Indies is basking in the reflected glow of the achievement of its former Deputy Principal, Professor Rhoda Reddock.

Professor Reddock was elected on June 7 to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the first ever candidate presented by the Trinidad and Tobago Government and the recipient of 158 out of 185 votes - the highest number of votes received among the candidates.

CEDAW provides a universal standard for women's human rights. It addresses discrimination in areas such as education, employment, marriage and family relations, health care, politics, finance and law. The Committee monitors and assists those states who are party to the agreement in improving their human rights record and providing women and girls with equal access to opportunities for growth and development. 

Professor Indar Ramnarine, Ag. Campus Principal, noted that the sweeping of the field was no surprise to the Faculty and Staff of the St. Augustine Campus. ‘Professor Reddock’s pioneering work and activism, her achievements as Head of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, and later as Deputy Campus Principal at St. Augustine, are well documented and internationally lauded. We wish her and her colleagues on CEDAW every success in this critical area of social transformation and justice.’

Professor Rhoda Reddock will serve from 2019 to 2022.


About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, The UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in BarbadosJamaicaTrinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. The UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)