About Us

Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that draws on all established disciplines to address issues of gender and ways in which relations of gender impact development at national and regional levels. To achieve this, the Institute has developed partnerships with staff in a number of departments and therefore has access to academic expertise or in-kind support from the range of faculties on the campuses. Other faculties and departments often draw on the expertise of IGDS staff to deliver lectures and/or modules in gender and development.


The Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS) Mona Unit (Jamaica) is one of four (4) IGDS Units in the University of the West Indies (UWI). The other IGDS Units include:

  • The Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU) (also at Mona)
  • The IGDS Nita Barrow Unit, (Cave Hill, Barbados)
  • The IGDS St Augustine Unit (Trinidad and Tobago


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


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


Find out about IGDS' strategies.


Find out the objectives of IGDS.


Find out about IGDS's organisational structure.


Find out about the History of IGDS.

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