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Background of the 2003 Mona Academic Conference

Each year, participants in the Mona Academic Conference examine a theme of relevance and importance to the Caribbean region and the international community. In 2003, the theme for the Mona Academic Conference is Gender in the 21st Century: Perspectives, Visions, and Possibilities. The selection of this theme is significant since 2003 marks the tenth anniversary of the introduction of Gender Studies at The University of the West Indies and the establishment of the Centre for Gender and Development Studies. It also honours the activism and work of the pioneers in the field who worked assiduously from 1982 in Women and Development Studies groups, carrying out research, teaching courses, seeking funding and working with agencies involved in furthering the rights of women – from policy making groups to community-based organizations, all having the common objective of improving the status of women's lives


Elsa Leo-Rhynie
Professor of Gender and Development Studies

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