About Us

Gender is a concept that explains the socially determined differences and meanings attached to masculinities and femininities and influences the everyday life experiences of males and females. This can include: access to jobs, education, power, resources, and decision-making. Gender is used globally as a tool of analysis to identify and address gaps in resources to achieve equality. Gender analysis can be used in various sectors to enhance the impact and effectiveness of development policies programmes and strategies. Gender and Development is an interdisciplinary field of study that uses gender as a category of analysis to understand, challenge and change social, economic, political andenvironmental inequalities that undermine human rights and sustainable development. .


The IGDS was first established in 1993 as the Centre for Gender and Development Studies. In 2008 the UWI upgraded the Centre to achieve Institute status, able to grant its own degrees. The Major in Gender and Development was also introduced at Mona in 2008. Today the Institute is a well-established multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary department of the University of the West Indies (UWI) with four (4) Units; a Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU) located in the UWI's Regional Headquarters and three campus units: The Mona Unit (Jamaica); the Nita Barrow Unit (Barbados) and the St. Augustine Unit (Trinidad & Tobago).

UWI Gender Policy

The IGDS is developing a UWI Gender Policy to promote gender equality in the institution's policies programmes and strategies. Partnerships with local, regional and international institutions enable the IGDS Units to impact sustainable development goals. Graduates are being trained to meet the growing demand for gender analysts in different sectors and institutions.


The IGDS Mission is to produce and disseminate knowledge on gender-related issues in the Caribbean, in support of the UWI's mission and Caribbean development goals.


The IGDS Vision is that in future, all UWI graduates are trained equipped and committed to promoting gender-sensitive development in all sectors.


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