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Studies in Gender has opened up a passion and niche that directly supports the development of people and communities, especially in the area of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). Now a graduate of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS), I can say that the programme has contributed greatly to my development as a young advocate of SRHR. It has facilitated the understanding of the various intersectionalities that exist, its impact on the social, political and economic spheres of life and the kind of commitment as a country and united force that needs to be taken to solve some of the country's major issues. For example gender-based violence, sexual reproductive health inequalities, and climate change.

My involvment with the IGDS has provided many job and networking opportunities. Additionally, the grooming and support that was received from Lecturers and Dr. Leith Dunn, strengthened my leadership capabilities and led to my employment as the Project Lead of a USAID funded project and then the Development Manager at the Jamaica Association on Intellectual Disabilities (JAID). Gender Studies has not only influenced the track record of my emplyment, but also my interest in system strengthening, through the pursuit of advanced studies in the areas of Public Health, Health Policy and Planning and Financing. 



Gavane Ferguson
2019 BSc Graduate
2016/2017 Dorian Powell Prize Winner
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