As part of the activities in its Roaming Professor Series, 2016, the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus, Cayman, is collaborating with the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Grand Cayman (BPW) as well as the Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF) to host a Distinguished Lecture on Gender Discrimination and Domestic Violence.
The Lecture is slated for Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Harquail Theatre.
Styled “Conversations with Professor Verene Shepherd and Dr Dalea Bean on “Gender Discrimination and Domestic Violence: A Caribbean/Cayman Analysis”, the discourse is part of the University’s Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS) Lecture Series being conducted throughout the region from March to December 2016, as well as the BPW’s Annie Huldah Bodden Lecture Series.
Professor Shepherd, who is also the University Director for the Regional IGDS Institute is one of the most sought after speakers on Caribbean history regionally and internationally. With a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Philosophy in History from the University of the West Indies and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from the University of Cambridge, Professor Shepherd also holds the title of Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society.
An avid scholar and activist, she has published widely in her areas of specialisation and is host of Jamaica’s only history programme on radio “Talking History” on Nationwide 90 FM. Professor Shepherd is also a member of the CARICOM Reparations Commission and in 2015 was elected to the United Nation’s Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. With an academic career spanning over 20 years, she is committed to the development of young minds and is eager to contribute knowledge that will bring about meaningful changes to gender and power relations in the region.
Dr Dalea Bean is a Lecturer and Graduate Coordinator at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, Regional Coordinating Office at the University of the West Indies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in African and Caribbean History and Political Science, and a Ph.D. in History. Her general research interests include women and gender justice in Caribbean history, women in conflict situations, and gender relations in the Caribbean hotel industry. She has written several book chapters, journal articles and has presented lectures internationally on these and other topics. She has also conducted gender equity and gender mainstreaming training regionally and has been engaged in research with the IGDS that facilitates gender mainstreaming in education, history writing, and masculinity studies.
The speakers have stated that their lecture is informed by the fact that one of the leading forms of violence against women globally, domestic violence, has increasingly become a critical issue affecting the lives of millions of women, men and families. The World Health Organisation reports that the proportion of women who have ever experienced physical or sexual violence or both by an intimate partner ranged from 15 per cent to 71 per cent, with the majority between 29 per cent and 62 per cent. Similarly high rates exist in the Caribbean and troubling trends relating to abuse of women, men and children continue to grip the region.
Manager of the UWI Open Campus British Overseas Territories Sites, DrPhyllis Fleming-Banks, says that given the University’s mandate, the UWI Open Campus Cayman is pleased to partner with the BPW and the CNCF to present this timely lecture to help to build awareness surrounding an issue that continues to negatively affect our region and the world at large.
President of Young BPW and member of the BPW Executive Board, Dr Alexandra Bodden, says “BPW is excited at the prospect of having these two reputable women address the Cayman population. They will be speaking on issues that are of concern to our society, namely domestic violence and gender discrimination”.
Artistic Director of CNCF, Mr Henry Muttoo echoed these sentiments when he said, “The National Cultural Foundation is pleased to partner with the University of the West Indies Open Campus as well as the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Grand Cayman to make this discussion possible. Gender Discrimination and Domestic Violence is very much within the scope of our work, since this kind of discrimination can have disastrous effects on the trajectory of cultural development and celebration. We could not have asked for two more erudite speakers and very much look forward to listening to their discussion, hopefully in front of a large audience.”