Caribbean Women In Leadership (CIWiL)

Caribbean Women in Leadership (CIWiL) is a non-political, multi-partisan, and independent NGO established to monitor, strengthen and increase women’s political participation and leadership in the region through advocacy, networking, research and capacity building initiatives.


The Caribbean Women in Leadership (CIWiL) was conceptualised in 1998 by a collective of women. They were concerned by the continued marginalisation of women from positions of leadership and power and understood that women must be fully involved in the decision-making processes that impact their lives – and play a role in the critique, understanding, and practice of leadership in the Caribbean – in order to achieve more just, violence-free and equitable nations.

CIWiL works with activists, female parliamentarians, development professionals, and national gender machineries to train and support women across the region as they seek elected office or assume other positions of leadership.

CIWiL aims to create a sustainable, effective, and efficient women’s leadership base, and to achieve gender equality, through advocacy, networking, research and capacity building.

CIWiL acts as a coordinating and implementing mechanism for a regional programme of work developed and delivered by a network of organisations and individuals, to advance women’s transformational leadership.

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