AFETT Serves on Gender Advisory Board

Yolande Agard-Simmons

AFETT President Elect

Gender Advisory Board (GAB)


The Gender Advisory Board was conceived by the Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS), of the University of the West Indies, as a way of engaging community stakeholders in the sustainable growth and development of the Institute; as a think-tank geared toward creating and mobilizing innovative methods; and as a way of keeping the Institute relevant within the wider society.


The Mission of the Board is ‘to support the work of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies to ensure relevance to community goals of gender quality, and to assist in building the capacity of the Institute toward sustainable self-funding within a tertiary level academic environment’. Yolande Agard-Simmons, AFETT’s Incoming President, was nominated to serve on the Board for a two-year term and will provide support in achieving the Institute’s priority agenda, including Private Sector approach to Intimate Partner Violence, Gender-based Violence and Gender Responsive Budgeting.


Other members of the Advisory Board include Professor Patricia Mohammed, Director of Graduate Studies and Research; Dr. Gabrielle Hosein, Head of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies; Dr. Angelique Nixon, Graduate Studies Coordinator; Dr. Sue Ann Barratt- Lecturer, IGDS; Ms. Deborah Mc Fee, Outreach and Research Officer; Mr. Sterling Frost Deputy CEO- Operations and Administration, First Citizens; Diane Seukeran, Ministry of Trade and Industry (Oct 2002 - Nov 2003) and Ministry of Social Development and Gender Affairs (Nov 2003 - Mar 2004); Roberta Clarke- Regional Director, UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific; Denise Demming, Lead Consultant, Demming Communications; Dr. Cheryl Ann Boodram, Coordinator of Social Work Practicum & Lecturer, Faculty of Social Sciences; Dr. Safeeya Mohammed; Clint Roland Arthur, Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS); Dr. Keron Niles, Lecturer, Institute of International Relation.


The choice of new board members fits the strategic direction of the IGDS for the next five years, and helps direct mainstreaming of our visibility, growth and impact in relation to the Triple A goals of the UWI Strategic Plan (Access, Alignment, Agility).

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