Title: Women in the Caribbean : brochure of the Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of the West Indies
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Title: Women in the Caribbean : brochure of the Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of the West Indies
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Language: English
Donor: Marianne Schmink ( endowment )
Subject: Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: Barbados -- Caribbean
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project task is on display at this meeting.


The present phase of the project is funded by
the Leverhulme Trust Fund, United Kingdom and the
Ford Foundation, USA.


Cole, Joyce
Lecturer, Department of Government and

Duncan, Neville
Head, Department of Government and Sociology.

-orde, Norma
Lecturer, Faculty of Law.

Gill, Margaret
Research Assistant, ISER (EC).

Massiah, Joycelin
Deputy Director, ISER (EC).

Nurse, Lawrence
Lecturer, Department of Government and

Brodber, Erna
Research Fellow, ISER.

Durant-Gonzalez, Victoria
Research Fellow; ISER, (out of region for

Jackson, Jean
Research Assistant, ISER.

McKenzie, Hermione
Lecturer, Department of Sociology.

SPowell, Dorian
Research Fellow, ISER, (full-time only for
1979/80 part-time thereafter).


Robinson, Patricia
Temporary Lecturer, Department of Sociology.

Thorpe, Marjorie
Head, Department of English.

Wiltshire-Brodber, Rosina
Lecturer, Institute of International Relations.

Patterson Sybil
Lecturer, Department of Sociology.

Smith, Lindel
Research Assistant, ISER (EC).

Springer, Kean
Lecturer, Department of English.


Bernal, Margaret
Research Assistant, ISER.

For further information contact:-
Mrs. Jovcelin Massiah, Deputy Director, Institute of
Social and Economic Research, University of the
West Indies, P.O. Box 64, Bridgetown, Barbados.

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The ISER announces the start of a two year
research project concerned with the role of Women in
the English Caribbean. The project involves a multi-
disciplinary team of Caribbean scholars of both sexes
covering the fields of Anthropology, Caribbean litera-
ture, Demography, Sociology and Political Science
drawn from the three campuses of the UWI and from
the University of Guyana.

The principal objectives of the study are to
establish in the region a data base for teaching,
research and planning purposes and to develop guide-
lines for a cohesive social policy which recognizes the
needs of women and draws on their skills and talents
for programme planning and execution. In addition,
the project is seen as a means of contributing to the
general body of knowledge on the position of women
in social life. Specifically, a major contribution antici-
pated from the project is an extention of the boun-
daries of the notion of development and development
planning during a period of rapid social and economic
change within the Caribbean region.

The study is designed in two phases. The first
which is currently underway and covers the entire
region, involves the collection and review of available
documentary material as well as the conduct of a
small pilot study designed to test the instruments for
use in a larger field study scheduled for the Second
Phase. The latter will consist of detailed interviews of
a sample of women in selected territories.

Both qualitative and quantitative data will be
collected. The former will be collected through parti-
cipant observation of women in the workplace, in

the home, in learning centres and in social service
settings. Coupled with these techniques will be in-
depth informal interviews of small numbers of
women. The quantitative material will be obtained
through the analysis of documentary material as well
as by the administration of a formal questionnaire to
a larger sample of women. Data collected reflect a
sectoral approach, however the analysis will proceed
in terms of three themes sources of livelihood,
emotional support, power and authority which
the research group feels reflects more adequately the
reality of the daily lives of Caribbean women. The
group feels strongly that such a thematic analysis
permits the linkage between basic and applied
research which is necessary to develop relevant
policy programmes for women.

The project is based at the branch of ISER
located at the Cave Hill campus of the UWI in Bar-
bados, but data collection will not be limited to that
territory. Present planning envisages major national
studies tentatively scheduled for Barbados, Antigua
and St. Vincent. Smaller studies are currently being
negotiated for a number of other territories including,
Jamaica, Trinidad, Guyana and Grenada.

To date the project is midway through Phase I.
A planning meeting held in September 1979 marked
the official launching of the project. At that meeting
the research team met with representatives of
national and regional agencies concerned with
women's programmes and researchers from within
and outside the region in order to devise a detailed
agenda of work for the first year. Preliminary results
of the documentary work have been presented at a
progress meeting held in May 1980 and will be revised
and completed for a meeting scheduled for Sep-
tember 1980. A Bibliography compiled as a pre-

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