Jamaican educator to receive CARICOM Award

KINGSTON, Jamaica, June 25, 2008 – Jamaican educator, Professor Barbara Bailey, has been selected as the recipient of the Ninth Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Triennial Award for Women for her sterling contribution to national and regional development especially in the field of education and research.

The University Director of the Centre for Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies will receive her award on July 1 at the opening ceremony of the 29th Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government in Antigua.

A release from the CARICOM Secretariat said Professor Bailey “has for many years been at the forefront of advocacy for gender equality and equity through her teaching and research activities”.

She will be the second Jamaican to receive the prestigious award and will be joining the ranks of eight other outstanding women who have received the honour since its inception in 1983.

The first award was given to Trinidadian, Nesta Patrick. Since then, seven others have received the honour “for their dedication and determination in broadening the parameters of existence for women and improving their economic, social, political, cultural and legal status”.

They are the late Governor General of Barbados, Dame Nita Barrow; founding member of the Caribbean Association of Feminist Action and Research (CAFRA) and Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), Dr Peggy Antrobus, a national of Grenada and citizen of St Vincent and the Grenadines; Guyanese, Magda Pollard; retired Assistant Secretary-General in the office of the United Nations Secretary, Dr Lucille Mair, a Jamaican; Professor Joycelin Massiah, a national of Guyana and citizen of Barbados; Professor Rhoda Reddock of Trinidad and the first female judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Madame Justice Desiree Bernard of Guyana.