Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Government
Gender in the Caribbean development thought and state policies 1940-1995
Global Development Studies
Date of Publication
Reviews the analyses of gender in the development thinking and policies of Commonwealth Caribbean countries from 1940 to 1996. Examines the extent to which one might consider Caribbean societies gender inequitable. Argues, that while Caribbean women are productively employed and are heads of household, they do not have the necessary access to power and decision-making to change the existing situation. Analyses Caribbean development thought and policy from the Moyne Commission (West India Royal Commission) Report of 1945 up to state development policies of 1995. Concludes that except for a brief period in the late 1970s and early 1980s, gender equity as an objective of development policy has not been a serious priority in development policy or thinking. Additionally, the 1990s phase of neo-liberal economic policy holds contradictory implications for feminist developmental objectives.....