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Enforcing Disability Rights: What Does It Take?
Enforcing Disability Rights: What Does It Take?

Recently members of the Antigua & Barbuda Association of Persons with Disabilities (ABAPD) blocked access to a section of a shopping mall in protest against non-disabled drivers parking in areas designated for disability parking. 

Nineteen...

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Improving Disaster Preparedness with Gender and Diversity Analysis
Improving Disaster Preparedness with Gender and Diversity Analysis

The 2018 Hurricane Season has started with three named storms to date, with two developing into hurricanes. Scientists are predicting that the season may be near-average, with 14 named storms, of which six may become hurricanes. 

The 2017 season...

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Re-thinking Aging: Is There a Choice?
Re-thinking Aging: Is There a Choice?

People are living longer and healthier lives. This is one of the greatest achievements of the last century but also presents significant challenges. Longer lives must be planned for. Societal aging may affect economic growth and other issues,...

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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Issues of sexual assault and sexual harassment are in the news on a daily basis and increasingly in public debate and our private conversations.  TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year were The Silence Breakers: The voices that launched a movement -...

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What Does It Mean to be a Caribbean Man?
What Does It Mean to be a Caribbean Man?

A recent study by Institute of Gender and Development Studies (IGDS) at UWI, Mona, found that Jamaican men are looking to a gun - legal or illegal - to reinforce their masculinity in the face of changes in the local landscape.

The study[1] found...

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A Regional Role Model for Gender Equality
A Regional Role Model for Gender Equality

In September, Jamaica announced[1] that twenty-seven (27) government ministries, departments and agencies had received the Gender Equality Certification and Seal for achieving standards in promoting gender equality in the workplace.

The Gender...

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Walk a Mile in My Shoes?
Walk a Mile in My Shoes?

How often do we really put ourselves in another person’s position and walk a mile in their shoes?

Recently a friend had leg surgery and during her recuperation spent time “mobility challenged”. For the first few weeks she was in a wheelchair,...

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The Right to Bare Arms? Who Should Set Dress Codes?
The Right to Bare Arms? Who Should Set Dress Codes?

Two women colleagues recently sent me a newspaper article about a woman being refused entry to an office and a business meeting in Barbados because she was wearing a sleeveless dress.[1]

The security guard in the office building requested that...

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Do Gender Values Limit Future Growth and Development?
Do Gender Values Limit Future Growth and Development?

Due to shifts in the global economy from trade and technology, the global economy is rapidly changing. New industries, which require different skills and mindsets, are popping up; old industries are changing or disappearing altogether.

Does...

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Diversity and Inclusion: Invite Someone New to Dance!
Diversity and Inclusion: Invite Someone New to Dance!

Do you tend to feel most comfortable with people like yourself, or do you seek out others who are different?  

Discussions of diversity and inclusion surround us as the world becomes more international, as challenges to internationalism arise,...

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Intimate Partner Violence - Treated as Normal?
Intimate Partner Violence - Treated as Normal?

November 25 is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.  From November 25 to December 10 (Human Rights Day), countries are urged to raise public awareness and mobilize men and women during 16 Days of Activism against...

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Wonder Woman?  Really? What do you think?
Wonder Woman? Really? What do you think?

In October, the United Nations named Wonder Woman, a 75-year-old comic book and movie character, its new Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Woman and Girls.

Many UN staff and others around the world were horrified. Almost immediately a...

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Role Models in Leadership and Equality
Role Models in Leadership and Equality

What influence can public figures and role models have on behavioural change, especially with boys and girls and young men and women?

Leadership role models are people in a position of authority that we look up to and hope to be like. Depending...

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Nurturing Children - Investing in the Future
Nurturing Children - Investing in the Future

We have heard the research: early childhood programmes are a good investment. Every dollar invested in early childhood provides a return on investment of four ($4) to nine ($9) dollars.[1] During the first three years of life, essential neuronal...

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A New Generation of Equality? Have We Arrived?
A New Generation of Equality? Have We Arrived?

A recent article in the Harvard Business Review (HBR) caught my eye. Entitled Are U.S. Millennial Men Just as Sexist as Their Dads?[1] The article asked if we have or have not entered an “a new era of enlightened interpersonal relations”.

In...

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A Bright Future?
A Bright Future?

Do governments meet the needs of young citizens? Does the private sector do a better job? What are the greatest challenges and concerns facing young women and men?

A recent (March 2016) mobile phone survey of 3,025 young people (aged 14 - 40) by...

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Addressing Child Care Issues - Creative Ideas?
Addressing Child Care Issues - Creative Ideas?

Based on discussions with many parents, it seems that child care, including (or especially!)  after school  care, is a major challenge for mothers and fathers in the Caribbean.  

This is not surprising as child care for working parents is a...

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Dress for Success? Or Comfort and Creativity?
Dress for Success? Or Comfort and Creativity?

We often hear that the world is becoming more casual…Consider how we dress compared to how our grandparents dressed.

 Does your office have a dress code? Does it address broader issues of appearance (hair, body art, piercings)?  Is there a...

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Cultural Fit: Who Do We Hire? And Why?
Cultural Fit: Who Do We Hire? And Why?

Across cultures and industries, employers value “cultural fit” - the idea that the best employees are like-minded. One survey[1] found that more than 80 percent of employers worldwide named cultural fit as a top hiring priority.

The idea of...

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