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UWI’s Deputy Principal shines at Regional Meeting

For Release Upon Receipt - June 15, 2009

St. Augustine

“What now for Caribbean Leaders and their governments?”


This was the stirring question posed by Professor Rhoda Reddock during her recent presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). Professor Reddock was invited by the President of the CDB to deliver the Tenth William G. Demas Memorial Lecture at this event, held on May 26th, 2009, in the Turks and Caicos Islands.


Professor Reddock’s presentation reflected on the current social and economic crisis from a gender perspective. This unique angle allowed for a vast range of sub-topics including Understanding Gender, Gender and the new Caribbean Paradigm, Income Disparities, Manhood and Masculinities, Violence, Consumerism and the Globalised US Media. Professor Reddock also delved into the issue of guns, gangs and violence, where she proposed that “globalised images of male violence have served to normalise and valorise male violence and the gun as a weapon of choice and phallic identification”. She also suggested that it was time to “unravel some of the complex gendered underpinnings which are constantly being re-worked and re-engineered as the social and economic context changes”.


This lecture series was inaugurated in October 2000 in an effort to commemorate the contribution of William Gilbert Demas to Caribbean integration and development as well as to perpetuate his memory.   Mr. Demas served as President of the Caribbean Development Bank from 1974 to 1988.The series aims to encourage a sharing of ideas on key socio-economic issues and to stimulate new visions for the Caribbean region. 

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