The CIWIL Training Institute

Advancing Transformational Leadership for Gender Justice in the Caribbean

Please note: Application Deadline Closed

 The Advancing Transformational Leadership for Gender Justice in the Caribbean Training Institute is a part-online, part-residential programme, for women of the Caribbean.

This highly interactive and in-depth programme seeks to equip women who are active or aspiring to political or public leadership with the necessary skills to effect transformational leadership in their societies.

This training programme seeks to develop the leadership potential within each participant, strengtheninganalytical skills and sound judgment,engaging in an exploration and analysis of complex issues such as:

  • The Caribbean political economy, democracy and development issues.
  • Caribbean feminist theorising
  • Gender-responsive and ethical decision-making.
  • Equitable and effective leadership approaches and dynamics.
  • Partnership-building with civil society for governance accountability.
  • Effective political and social communications, advocacy and activism.

The Training Institute seeks to impact the lives of participants, through enabling them to:

  • Effectively influence governance through political party and electoral processes, parliamentary dynamics, constituency/stakeholder/community outreach, organisation building and grassroots mobilising
  • Advocate and network to gain support for gender-sensitive policies/legislation and other issues of national and regional interest;
  • Serve as transformational leaders, emanating the values and principles of  equality, accountability, transparency, fairness, self-respect, mutual-respect, cooperation and non-violence.

The training is based on the active learning model that includes:  lectures, case studies, role play, brainstorming, opportunities for skill practice, and site visits.

Sessions are led by an expert multi-disciplinary team of trainers skilled in adult education processes and with demonstrated competences in gender analysis, political science and philosophy, political organising; civil society organisation and leadership development.


Emerging Leaders – Government Ministers, Parliamentarians, women aspiring for political leadership, and women political actors who are working within civil society organisations on a breadth of issues related to gender justice. 

Future Leaders – Young women not yet affiliated with any organisation, but with a demonstrated interest in skills building for leadership.

On completion of the training, participants will be supported by a network of CIWIL mentors, through its regionally-based mentorship programme. 

Women from six countries throughout the region successfully participated in the inaugural training institute held in 2010 and 2011. The 79 graduates were from Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Haiti, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis and St. Lucia. Participants went on to successfully run in electoral campaigns in their home countries. Others launched community-based initiatives to help women and children. All were engaged in hosting national dialogues on critical issues impacting their countries and the region at large. The participants described the training as excellent, and committed to transfer their learning to improving their personal, professional and political activities in individual countries and the Caribbean Single Market and Economy.

CIWIL announces the launch of the Transformational Leadership Training Institute Programme for Young Women, a unique initiative designed to strengthen and support young women leaders aged 21-30 engaged in efforts to achieve gender justice throughout the region.

The Young Women’s Training Institute seeks to strengthen capacities of young women in leadership, and promote gender equality and support for women’s equitable participation in leadership and decision-making.

This programme engages women doing gender work in various sectors, including women involved in:

  • Advocacy activities for policy change and legislative reform for the achievement of women’s rights and gender equality
  • Consciousness-raising on issues of social and gender justice including: sexual and reproductive health, HIV and AIDS, Violence Against Women, environmental issues, and poverty eradication
  • Community mobilisation

The Young Women’s Training Institute aims to contribute to the process of revitalizing a Caribbean women’s movement and connecting this participation in activism and advocacy. Participants can expect to see this initiative working to achieve the following:

  • Strengthening the capacity of young female activists to assume leadership roles and participate more fully in decision making.
  • Supporting young women in their personal and professional development through inter-generational mentorship
  • Utilising information communication technologies (ICTs) to strengthen networking, advocacy and support mechanisms for young women across the region

This programme is supported by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women – UN Women through a grant to the Caribbean Institute to Women in Leadership.  Successful applicants will receive full sponsorship for travel, accommodation and training materials for the residential programme.

CIWIL is inviting young women (21-30), nationals and residents of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago to submit applications for the first Young Women’s Training Institute.

The programme will be held 28thMay – 15th June, 2012, with 2weeks of online training held from 28th May – 8th June, 2012 and the residential component of the programme in Barbados from 10th – 15th June 2012.


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Please note: Application Deadline Closed