The InterGuianas-Canada Gender Studies Exchange

This transnational feminist partnership links the Centre for Feminist Research with universities in Suriname, Guyana and Toronto around Caribbean gender studies. Aims of the partnership are to mobilize and improve intersectional knowledge about gender through research and education, in order to better respond to gender injustices in the Caribbean countries and the diaspora.


Kamala Kempadoo, Amar Wahab and Andil Gosine, York University; Renuka Biharie, Carla Bakboord and Julia Terborg, (Institute for Women. Gender and Development Studies) Anton de Kom University of Suriname; Pauline Bullen and Audrey Benn, (Institute for Gender Studies), and Vidya Kissoon (independent educator), University of Guyana; Alissa Trotz (Caribbean Studies) University of Toronto; Camille Hernandez-Ramdwar (Caribbean Studies) Ryerson University.

Visiting Scholars:

Lisa Edwards, University of the West Indies. Global Affairs Canada Leadership Scholarship.  CFR Visiting Scholar – Sept - Dec 2017.

Renuka Biharie, University of Suriname. DFADT Canada-CARICOM Faculty Leadership Fellowship. CFR Visiting Scholar, Sept 2015 – Feb 2016.

Savitri Persaud, York University. Visiting doctoral fellow, University of Guyana, Jan- Apr 2014.

Audrey Benn, University of Guyana. DFAIT Canada-CARICOM Faculty Leadership Fellowship. CFR Visiting Scholar, Oct 2013 – March 2014.

Events and Links:

Workshop: Blended Course: Gender and Sexuality. Trinidad, August 16-18, 2017.

Hosted by the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of West Indies-St. Augustine, Trinidad. Sponsored by UNESCO, YUFA, and FLA&PS Office for Global and Community Engagement at York University.

Consultation: Gender Programming for the University of Guyana Institute for Gender Studies. Guyana, Jan 20, 2016

Hosted by the Guyana Women and Gender Equality Commission. Sponsored by the Government of Canada Local Funds Initiative, the FLA&PS Office for External Relations, and the Women and Gender Equality Commission.

Workshop: Rethinking Women's and Gender Studies Transnationally: A Caribbean-Canadian Dialogue, July 23-25, 2014

Hosted by CFR and CERLAC. Sponsored by: International Development Research Centre (IDRC); the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Department of Social Science, and the Office of the VPRI at York University; Caribbean Studies at the University of Toronto.

More info:

Institute for Women, Gender and Development Studies, University of Suriname

Launch of the Institute for Gender Studies, University of Guyana, August 23, 2015: