Caribbean Conference Brings Together Activists from 18 Countries

OutRight's Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coordinator, María Gómez, facilitated workshops focused on prejudice and violence at the 3rd annual Caribbean Women and Sexual Diversity Conference (CWSDC) held in Port of Spain, Trinidad from October 5-11.

The conference brought together 50 women from 18 countries—a source of solidarity and inspiration and an opportunity for activists to share ideas and experience on media advocacy, creative activism, presentation skills and security for human rights defenders.

Gómez also presented the outcomes of a report and training manual for journalists that challenges negative stereotypes against LGBTIQ people by the media in Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica and Saint Lucia.

OutRight and the St. Lucian organization, United & Strong, developed the project in collaboration with local organizations. Paige-Jennan Andrew of We-Change, a Jamaican organization that works with lesbian, bisexual and transgender women, participated in the conference for the second year in a row.

“I was extremely excited to once again have the opportunity to network with women from the Caribbean region, while building my professional capacity as an activist,” she said.

Belize, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua were newly represented at the conference, offering a window into the movement in these countries.

Paige-Jennan Andrew said the event, “...was incredible to have the opportunity to meet with women, who, though separated geographically and culturally, work tirelessly toward similar goals. The activities we participated in and the discussions we had as a group, ensured that many of us left more knowledgeable and definitely more empowered.”

Next year’s conference will be held in St. Croix.