Through the Political Glass-Ceiling gives refreshing insights into struggles for gender equality and equity in the political arena. It is set against the backdrop of multiculturalism, gender, and geo-politics in the path. It interrogates the interplay between minority and dominant political ideologies in post-Independent Trinidad and Tobago.
The introduction, A Clash of Political Cultures – Cultural Diversity & Minority Politics,traces, with original research data, presents the pre- and post- independence environment. It traces the evolution of national identity from the island’s diversity of “mother cultures,” from gender and culture-sensitive perspectives. It also provides contexts in the global thrust for gender equality and women world leaders.
Selected speeches of Mrs. Persad-Bissessar form the backdrop to these explorations. Speeches presented relate to Mrs. Persad-Bissessar’s “Stepping through the glass ceiling”. Others are “Decisive moments in her political decision-making”; an“ Vision of National & Political Unity”. Much of this is framed through gender and cultural lenses, and explores what it means “to be woman and leader”. Elements as “engaging partner watchdogs” explore the role of civil society in political transformation. There is also a significant section that reveals engendered perspectives on budgeting, economic and financial matters. These are explored through Persad-Bissessar’s various roles as Leader of the Opposition, Member of Parliament, Attorney General, Minister of Legal Affairs and Minister of Education. It includes elements of her early as well as more recent political career to the eve of her election as the first woman Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.
About the Author
Dr Kris Rampersad is an award-winning independent international journalist, researcher, writer and sustainable development educator/facilitator who has been exploring the diversity of Caribbean society and cultures. She has been involved in the development of gender policy and actions at international levels of the United Nations, UNESCO, the Commonwealth and Organisation of American States. She has written and presented original research and analyses and perspectives to international forums. These provide a multicultural rural perspectives on the interplay of culture, politics, economics, gender and literature in small island states, Latin America and the developing world. She utilises her original research data from home-grown situations to challenge imported and irrelevant data and theories to make a case for new approaches that more adequately reflect the realities of societies. Her policy critiques and recommendations, through oral presentations, print and video documentaries on governance, education, culture, media, agriculture and information and communication technologies, have influenced programmes and actions of leading think tanks and agenda-setting organisations as the Commonwealth Foundation, United Nations, European Union and Commission, UNESCO, the Organisation of American States and CARICOM along with regional and local level community organisations.
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Through The Political Glass-Ceiling
Author: Kris Rampersad
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Paperback | 456 pages
183 x 220 mm