Drawing on rich empirical research, this book examines the evolution and success of feminist strategies to promote democratic governance, women’s rights and gender equality in the Caribbean.
Have efforts to advance women’s and men’s commitments to democratic governance, women’s rights and gender equality been successful in the Caribbean? Do they reflect local as well as international concerns and visions of gender equality? This edited collection answers these questions by focusing on women’s political leadership, electoral quota systems, national gender policies and transformational leadership as four feminist strategies that aim to engender democracy and citizenship. It offers a rich historical, comparative and ethnographicperspective on the lived experience of these strategies through case studies of Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Dominica, Jamaica and St. Lucia. Drawing on national policy debates, election campaigns, state officials’ solidarities, men’s gender consciousness and women leaders’ life histories across these fiveCaribbean countries, the collection assesses the successes of transnational feminist efforts, the resilience of masculinist resistances, the limits of gender mainstreaming and the possibilities for gender justice in and beyond the Caribbean today.
This carefully researched and edited book is one of the first to look at feminist mobilization strategies around political representation and women’s rights policy reform in the Anglophone Caribbean. It effectively also brings to the fore issues of masculinist resistance and the problem of women’s political inclusion on masculinist terms. This fascinating volume contributes significantly to understandings of global patterns of women’s political advancement. It will be of great interest to scholars, students, policy makers, and activists concerned with women’s status in the region and around the world. Aili Mari Tripp, Professor of Political Science and Evjue Bascom Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Twenty years after the Fourth World Conference on Women presents an opportune occasion to ask, “Wither gender?” Negotiating Gender, in substance, poses this question and answers with empirical precision and political intentionality. The text is an evidence based engagement with some of the key categories of gender equity – e.g. transformational leadership, gender policies, and electoral quota systems. Regional in scope, each chapter inhabits a feminist tenacity that insists on the pursuit of gender just change. The book’s contributors present a clear understanding of the complexities of change, as well as a sustained belief in the region’s capacity to change. Michelle V Rowley, Associate Professor to the Women’s Studies Department, University of Maryland, USA; author of Feminist Advocacy and Gender Equity in the Anglophone Caribbean
Negotiating Gender, Policy and Politics in the Caribbean is a trenchant record of policy gains, political milestones and patriarchal challenges in women’s struggle for transformational leadership in the Caribbean for over three decades. Excavating state and civil engagements, this book discloses lessons for global dialogues while providing a manifesto for continued Caribbean power broking in gender equity. Patricia Mohammed, Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies and the Campus Co-ordinator, School for Graduate Studies and Research, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad
Table of Contents
National Gender Policy, Ramona Biholar / 5. The Patriarchal State and the Development of Gender Policy in Jamaica, Maziki Thame and Dhanaraj Thakur/ Part III: Gender Quotas: Parliamentary
Provisions without Power? / 6. Getting to One-Third? Creating Legislative Access for Women to Political Space in Guyana, Natalie Persadie / 7. Advancing Gender Justice? The Opportunities, Resistances, and Limitations of Guyana’s Quota System, Iman Khan / Part IV: Transformational Leadership: Feminist Pedagogies, Neo-liberal Empowerment / 8. Feminist/Womanist Advocacy Toward Transformational Leadership in the Anglophone Caribbean: The Interplay of Individual and Collective Agency, Shirley Campbell / 9. Enactments, Contestations, and Possibilities of Women’s
Transformational Leadership in the Anglophone Caribbean, Denise Blackstock /Afterword
Gabrielle Hosein is Head of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus.
Jane Parpart is Research Professor in the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance at McCormack Graduate School in the University of Massachusetts, Boston.