Ca­pac­ity Build­ing in Fo­cus for Saint Lu­cia’s LGBTQI Or­gan­i­sa­tion

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The ca­pac­ity of United and Strong Inc. to ad­vo­cate on be­half of les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual and trans­gen­der and in­ter­sex per­sons in Saint Lu­cia and the Caribbean has been strength­ened with mem­ber­ship in­volve­ment in two sig­nif­i­cant train­ing pro­grammes.

Mem­bers of United and Strong are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Caribbean In­sti­tute in Gen­der & De­vel­op­ment (CIGAD) at the Univer­sity of the West Indies Cave­hill, Bar­ba­dos and the Rain­bow Lead­ers pro­gramme in Stock­holm, Swe­den.

CIGAD is the re­gion’s premier gen­der and de­vel­op­ment train­ing pro­gramme, now in its 11th cy­cle. It is of­fered by the In­sti­tute for Gen­der and De­vel­op­ment Stud­ies: Nita Bar­row Unit (IGDS:NBU), a dy­namic unit within UWI. IGDS: NBU is en­gaged in a pro­gramme of teach­ing, re­search and out­reach on women and gen­der is­sues in Caribbean so­ci­ety. The unit uses gen­der anal­y­sis to in­ves­ti­gate ma­te­rial and ide­o­log­i­cal re­la­tions of gen­der af­fect­ing Caribbean women and men and seeks to ex­pose and trans­form these to cre­ate a more just so­ci­ety.

The Rain­bow Lead­ers pro­gramme is of­fered by RFSL—The Swedish Fed­er­a­tion for Les­bian, Gay, Bi­sex­ual and Trans­gen­der Rights, a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that works with and for the rights of LGBTI per­sons. The over­all ob­jec­tive of Rain­bow Lead­ers is in­creased LGBTI or­gan­i­sa­tional vis­i­bil­ity and mo­bil­i­sa­tion to se­cure LGBTI rights in re­gional and in­ter­na­tional are­nas.

These pro­grammes have trained hun­dreds of peo­ple in the Caribbean and around the globe, cre­at­ing more knowl­edge­able and em­pow­ered in­di­vid­u­als and build­ing a fam­ily of ac­tivists around the world.

United and Strong lauds this de­vel­op­ment of staff and mem­ber­ship ca­pac­ity as it re­dounds di­rectly to the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s ben­e­fit. The or­gan­i­sa­tion fur­ther recog­nises the con­tri­bu­tion of IDGS:NBU and RFSL in so­lid­i­fy­ing its ad­vo­cacy.

11th CIGAD par­tic­i­pants and IGDS:NBU staff mark­ing

Or­ange Day, 25th July.

U&S Board Sec­re­tary

Jes­sica St. Rose.

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