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Hosein, Grabrielle

Hosein, Grabrielle

Senior Lecturer @ Institute for Gender and Development Studies, The UWI, St. Augustine


Dr Gabrielle Jamela Hosein is Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, The UWI, St. Augustine. She co-edited the study, "Negotiating Gender, Policy and Politics in the Caribbean: Feminist Strategies, Masculinist Resistance and Transformational Possibilities". She has produced UN reports on engaging men and boys to end violence against women, gender mainstreaming in the Caribbean, and gender-based violence in TT. She has been part of Caribbean feminist movement-building for twenty-five years. As a performance poet since 1997, her work extends to spoken word collaborations on gender-based violence prevention across the region. Her current areas of research and advocacy are gender-based violence, masculinities and Indo-Caribbean feminisms. Her blog, Diary of a Mothering Worker, has been published weekly as a national newspaper column since 2012.

Geographical location : Trinidad and Tobago

Research Area and Interest : gender-based violence, masculinities and Indo-Caribbean feminisms

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Arts Activism to Address GBV: Youth Voices and Experiences from Trinidad and Tobago
Summary: This paper examines the perceptions, experiences and opinions of young people from Trinidad and Tobago participating in a workshop series as part of the collaborative research project ‘Representing Gender-Based Violence: Literature, Performance and Activism in the Anglophone Caribbean’. Delivered in conjunction by the University of Leicester, the University of the West Indies and the community organisation, ROOTS Foundation, the workshop series set out to facilitate young people to explore and address the topic of GBV through spoken word poetry. Drawing on the experiences and voices of the youth participants, the project aims to produce a spoken word, theatre-based facilitation model for peer-education on issues of GBV in the lives of young people. This paper outlines the workshop model used and offers an examination of the themes pertaining to GBV that emerged in both the spoken word poetry produced by the youth participants and in the discussions between facilitators and participants that occurred during the workshops. The paper considers how the prominent themes that emerged in the workshops can be related both to wider scholarship on GBV in the Caribbean region and to representations of GBV in literary and performance cultures. Crucially, the paper foregrounds the unique perspectives young people contribute to the topic of GBV, and exemplifies how their voices can be amplified as they are facilitated to take leadership in arts activism addressing GBV.

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