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Celebrating Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine: Inspirational Champion of Women

For Release Upon Receipt - September 27, 2023

St. Augustine


  Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal, The UWI St. Augustine Campus and winner of the 2023 IWFTT Inspirational Champion of Women Award

ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad & Tobago, September 27, 2023 – The UWI St. Augustine Campus proudly congratulates Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, our esteemed Pro Vice-Chancellor Principal, on receiving the prestigious Inspirational Champion of Women Award from the International Women’s Forum T&T (IWFTT). On Tuesday 19th September 2023, Professor Antoine was presented with the award at IWFTT’s Inspirational Women Awards Gala at the Hyatt Regency, Port-of-Spain. This award recognizes Professor Antoine's exceptional dedication to advancing women's rights and addressing critical social issues. Her pioneering efforts, notably in founding the International Human Rights Clinic, exemplify the fusion of academia and activism for positive change.

From a young age, Professor Antoine’s role as an advocate began as she was always questioning - speaking out – challenging things, championing the underdog. Her impactful work transcends boundaries and has improved the lives of marginalized groups, including migrants, indigenous peoples, and advocates for gender justice. Further, her leadership and guiding philosophy have not only inspired colleagues and students but have also driven tangible societal transformations. Under her guidance, the International Human Rights Clinic has become a beacon of hope for those seeking justice and equality, shaping policies and initiatives regionally and internationally.

The Inspirational Champion of Women Award from the IWFTT underscores Professor Antoine's unwavering commitment to empowering women and her substantial contributions to the global conversation on social justice and equality. The UWI St. Augustine Campus celebrates this remarkable achievement with immense pride and admiration, extending heartfelt congratulations to Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine and best wishes for her continued positive impact on our community and the world.



 Photo 2: Anna-Maria Garcia-Brooks IWFTT presents the Inspirational Champion of Women Award to Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal, The UWI St. Augustine Campus

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The UWI has been and continues to be a pivotal force in every aspect of Caribbean development; residing at the centre of all efforts to improve the well-being of people across the region for the past 75 years.

From a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948, The UWI is today an internationally respected, global university with near 50,000 students and five campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda and its Open Campus, and global centres in partnership with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe.

The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Culture, Creative and Performing Arts, Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences, and Sport. As the Caribbean’s leading university, it possesses the largest pool of Caribbean intellect and expertise committed to confronting the critical issues of our region and wider world.

The UWI has been consistently ranked among the top universities globally by the most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education (THE). The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists since its debut in the rankings in 2018. In addition to its leading position in the Caribbean in theWorld University Rankings , it is also in the top 25 for Latin America and the Caribbean and the top 100 global Golden Age universities (between 50 and 80 years old).  The UWI is also featured among the leading universities on THE’s Impact Rankings for its response to the world’s biggest concerns, outlined in the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Good Health and Wellbeing; Gender Equality and Climate Action.

2023 marks The UWI’s 75th anniversary. The Diamond jubilee milestone themed “UWI at 75. Rooted. Ready. Rising.” features initiatives purposely designed and aligned to reflect on the past, confront the present, and articulate plans for the future of the regional University.

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