New Book: Cynthia Barrow-Giles’ “Women in Caribbean Politics”

Among the many new titles by Ian Randle Publishers that will be available at the Caribbean Studies Association Conference in Curacao we find Women in Caribbean Politics, a collection of essays edited by Cynthia Barrow-Giles.

Cynthia Barrow-Giles is a professor of political science at the University of the West Indies-Cave Hill in Barbados and a member of Saint Lucia’s Committee for Constitutional Reform. She is also the author of Introduction to Caribbean Politics (2002).

Earlier this year, Barrow-Giles met other experts and leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, DC to debate within the framework of the Forum on “Women’s Leadership for a Citizens’ Democracy,” co-organized by the OAS, through the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM), alongside UN Women and the Ibero-American General Secretariat.

Barrow-Giles centered her presentation on the experience of the Caribbean, and recognized that, while it’s been more than half a century since women were given the right to vote, they still have “tremendous hurdles to overcome” in order to achieve full representation in circles of power.  She also recalled that in the Caribbean it is especially hard for women, within political parties, to run for office and obtain financing in public service.

However, in this collection, Barrow-Giles highlights leaders in their own right who have played essential roles in Caribbean historical processes.

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