Dr Kris Rampersad Connecting GLoCal Cultures

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Dr Kris Rampersad is a writer, UNESCO-trained heritage expert facilitator, educator, and multimedia journalist working primarily through grassroots and informal sectors to promote intercultural dialogue to bring communities and peoples to closer appreciation of each other. This includes conservation and protection of built, natural, cultural, literary and documentary heritage, oral traditions and intangible cultural heritage for indigeneous, migrant and other cultural communities.

Her work has spanned the arenas of Education; Literature, the ArtsDr Kris Rampersad receives National Medal for Development of Women Gold from President Paula Mae Weeks and Culture; Media Communications and Information; and Gender Equity, Empowerment and Advancement for access to opportunities from grassroots to high level agenda setting international arenas. This has enhanced the impact and ability to envision and advocate for meaningful gender and culture-sensitive approaches to sustainable development in ways that bridge and span gaps between and among fields and disciplines from agriculture, culture, industry, education, governance and ICTs for all ages and across gender divides.

She functions as an Independent educator, researcher, author, advocate, activist, advisor, mentor, facilitator and consultant.

Education

Dr Kris Rampersad believes strongly in informal processes of lifelong learning and education although she has spanned and excelled across formal, non formal and informal education arenas . Dr Kris Rampersad is:

  • The first sitting Caribbean journalist/editor to earn a PhD and holds a BA (First Class Honours) degree from the University of the West Indies Holds a Diploma in Mass Communications from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, India.Child Stars at LiTTribute by Kris Rampersad
  • Received a Commonwealth Professional Fellowship from the Commonwealth Foundation/Association of Commonwealth Universities, UK;
  • A Nuffield Foundation Fellowship to Wolfson (Journalism) College, Cambridge University UK;
  • An ITEC Scholarship to Jawaharlal Nehru University, Indian Institute of Mass Communication;
  • A Fellowship with the Foreign Press Centre of Japan, and
  • A UWI Post Graduate Scholarship.

She has participated numerous skills development training in and in turn conducted training in:

  • Journalism, Media, Communications, ICTs and new media
  • Education, advocacy and outreach and public relations
  • Diversity, multiculturalism and intercultural development,
  • Intangible and tangible cultural heritage and biocultural conservation and protection,
  • Leadership, policy formulation, legislative reform;
  • Capacity Development and Institutional Refoorm;
  • Fundraising, networking.
  • Gender mainstreaming

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She utilises conventional and new media modes for formal and informal transmission of knowledge for lifelong learning.

Award-Winning Journalist & Multimedia Specialist Consultant

Dr Kris Rampersad utilises a background in media and journalism and PhD in Literatures in English for interactive education and knowledge transmission in primarily in outdoor and informal environments to bridge silos and erode walls between and among cultures, societies, sectors and disciplines, connecting communities of interests through interactive tours, teas, talks and training for any age, discipline, interest or locale.Dr KRis Rampersad interconnecting cultrues

She has been actively engaged by and in international processes to transmit knowledge and train next generations, in private, public sector and NGO sectors in diversity, migration, global citizenship, international cooperation, cultural heritage, development of creative industries. She has trained and educated and helped empowerment numerous organisations and institutions and professionals in the conventional and new media environment.

Stimulating Curiosity with Novel Perspectives

She applies comparative literary perspectives and a background and PhD in Literatures in English to developmental work across the globe to bridge silos and erode walls between and among cultures, societies, sectors and disciplines. This works to connect communities of interests across formal, informal and nonformal environments through research, analyses, and knowledge sharing. She trains adults and next generation leaders to address development challenges.Dr Kris Rampersd Connecting GLoCal Cultures Educating Children on Caribbean heritage

Cross-Cutting Interdisciplinary Approach

Her work spans developmental fields of education, literature, culture, media and the arts, applied to economics and trade, governance and politics, labour and employment, gender mainstreaming, heritage and environment conservation and protection, religious tolerance and migration and adaptation.

She has been mapping and analyzing the cross-currents and intersections of literature, culture, media and civil society, gender and development. She provides unique insights into the socio-political and cultural impact of the transition from conventional to new media environments and the emerging fields of communications for development.Kris Rampersad recognised gender scholarender Scholar

Knowledge Transmission to Next Generation Leaders

Dr Kris Rampersad is an international development educator, multimedia journalist and comparative cultural heritage specialist. She is defining our global to local – GLOC@l InterConnected Heritage.Changing the World With Ideas Kris Rampersad

She has been actively engaged by and in international processes to transmit knowledge and train next generations, and private and public sector stakeholders, as well as the civic, media and academic third-plus sectors in diversity, migration, global citizenship, international cooperation, cultural heritage, development of creative industries.

Global Educator 

 

She has trained and educated and helped empowerment numerous organisations and institutions and professionals in the conventional and new media environment. An avid research and leader of public opinion with thousands of newspaper articles and television documentaries, and dozens of conference presentations and journal publications, she also has three published books, each involving groundbreaking research in their respective subjects.

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UNESCO-trained Cultural Heritage Expert Facilitator

She is a UNESCO-trained heritage facilitator who works with grassroots and other cultural communities of interests, heritage tourism officials, agencies and institutions to identify, map and inventory heritage elements unearthed through archeology, documentation or are part of existing living heritage, to foster intergenerational respect and appreciation. She has advanced appreciation of the Convention on World Natural and Cultural Heritage and enhanced representation particularly of elements from Caribbean and Latin America on the UNESCO international lists and registers on World Culture and Intangible Cultural Heritage as well as in programmes for Creative Cities, Slave, Silk and Indentured Immigrant Routes.

Explorer of Anthropology & Interconnected Intangible Cultural HeritageDiscover Novel Roots n Routes

An avid anthropological researcher/author on global intercultural connections spanning pre-Colombian and post-colonial periods, she facilitated heritage training of many youths and others in World Heritage and Intangible Heritage across the Americas – North/South/Central and Caribbean to expand understanding and appreciation and conducted training in Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Cuba, Barbados, Grenada and St Maarten and others. She also helps general tourists as well as diplomats, tourism and heritage personnel enhance their appreciation of the value of heritage.Dr Kris Rampersad preparing Jamaica Blue Mountain World Heritage

She had a central role in the preparation of communities, officials and nominations processes for all three Caribbean countries recently admitted to the UNESCO World Heritage lists. She spearheaded the recognition of Jamaica’s Reggae music which is now on the UNESCO Register of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity through early involvement with the Commonwealth, as a Caribbean representative on the UNESCO Executive Board and facilitated the Jamaica workshops on Intangible Cultural Heritage that culminated in the entry of Reggae on the UNESCO International Registry in 2018. She also facilitated the first Caribbean Youth Seminar on Intangible Cultural Heritage and several of its participants are now young leaders in culture in the Caribbean.

Gender Mainstreaming & Gender Sensitive Leadership

For almost three decades Dr Kris Rampersad has been devoted to leveling the playing field for women and girls in pursuit of:

  • Gender equality in the workplace
  • The elimination of all forms of discrimination against women by the promotion of gender equity.
  • Legislative and cultural reform to ensure gender equity.
  • Institutional mechanisms for the advancements of women.
  • Economic empowerment by overcoming marginalization, oppressive social norms access and rights to resources;
  • Incentive and awards based initiatives encouraging women to fulfill their potential and
  • Education- based programs, initiatives or personal action that offer and afford women broader choices & enhanced opportunities
Spokesperson Equity & Parity

She has been a spokesperson and voice for gender equity and parity for women for some three decades at national and more than 15 years at international levels, building awareness and understanding. She has also worked actively to inject creative gender sensitive approaches to achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development goals through agenda setting, policy development and decision making, leadership training, and empowerment of individuals and grassroots communities, organisations and individuals to advance efforts for gender parity.  She has further been a role model and inspiration and support for women and girls of all ages and in many fields of endeavor as a pioneer and trailblazer in her various spheres of activity.

Multilateral Engagements

From her work through multilateral institutions on the UNESCO Executive Board, the UNESCO General Assembly, the Commonwealth Foundation and the Organisation of American States, she has not only kept the spotlight on, but also helped shape instruments to advance the rate of progress on the fulfillment of governments’ agreements related to advancement of women’s rights and gender equity at international, regional and national levels that have helped inform international to national level policy and actions on fulfilment of the mandate of CEDAW – elimination of discrimination against women, eradication of gender violence and equity and equality of opportunities for women and girls through education, deconstruction of cultural norms, perceptions and representations in the media.

Her investigations, research, studies, publications and articles have highlighted hiccups in the pace materialization of women’s human rights in entrenched instruments and habits of governance, policy and the culture of decision-making.

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Dr Kris Rampersad leading agenda for peace

She has also demonstrated an enormous capacity to inspire and network groups and organisations and individuals across the globe to highlight the plight of women.

Highlights of such achievements in pursuit of implementation of the CEDAW recommendations for the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women and promotion of gender equity include:

  1. Research, preparation of the pioneering comprehensive national report and spearheaded follow up action in the InterAmerican system to encourage State bodies to implement the CEDAW convention provisions and recommendations that informed the Summit of the Americas, Commonwealth and UN processes. Among these is her work for gender sensitive policy and legislation to strengthen the capacity of institutions in addressing gender inequalities as for reform to the child marriage act, gender sensitive budgeting and engendered political processes. She coordinated the outreach and advocacy for the Commonwealth Foundation’s campaign for gender equality at the Commonwealth Women Affairs Ministers Meeting that fed into the Commonwealth Head of Government Meetings to build acceptance of the Commonwealth Campaign on the slogan, ‘Where’s the Money for Gender Equality.’ It spotlighted and propelled the movement of gender equity beyond rhetoric to actioning developmental programmes.
  2. Her impact on gender equality in the workplace has been not just in pursuing the rights of colleagues in the workplace but for across-the-board equity in treatment, equity in promotions and remunerations; removal of discriminatory practices and revisiting entrenched notions of gender roles within social systems and cultural practices through her work with traditional and grass roots communities across the Caribbean.
  3. She has herself blazed a trail for women in the media, as the first sitting editor to have completed a PhD while in the demanding and high-stressed environment of the newsroom, as well as in her actions in supporting women journalists.
  4. From the inception of her career as a journalist Dr Rampersad support the global mandate for equality of women that came out of the Beijing Platform for Women, and has a substantial portfolio of articles, columns as Woman to Woman, interviews, investigations, that tell women’s personal stories of trials and triumphs, revealing discrepancies and imbalances from data, highlighting the plight of the underprivileged, unearthing inequalities in national life, in the homes and in the work place, and the campaign against domestic violence.
  5. She has also been actively involved in supporting and encouraging women’s development from community to international policy arenas. Her writings, from profiles of achievements to policy critiques have encouraging women in public, civic and entrepreneurial arenas, utilizing all her roles to this end.
  6. She has initiated and developed a number of awards for women.
  7. As editor she partnered with the UN and other organisations to spearhead the Woman of the Year Award.
  8. She conceptualized and piloted to national and international acceptance the Commonwealth Caribbean ‘Women Agents of Change’ Award, which was the forerunner to introduction of the Medals for Women in Trinidad and Tobago.
  • She identified women in the media who would normally be overlooked to be recognized for the TTPBA Awards for Media Excellence.
  1. She created & produced television documentaries as in the series That is Woman that features leading women figures in national life to showcase women’s achievements and have them tell their stories in their own words.
  2. For the most part of the last fifteen years she has been the spokesperson on women’s issues and gender parity, shaping and supporting the work of the Network of NGOs for the Advancement of Women of Trinidad and Tobago, as well as the Caribbean Institute for Women and the Commonwealth Women’s Organisation and the CIVICUS – World Assembly for People’s Participation.
  3. She was researcher and lead spokesperson for gender equality for the OAS Active Democracy Network in the build up to and through the Fifth Summit of the Americas and presented pioneering research evaluating and assessing the levels of gender sensitivity and deficiencies of gender sensitive approaches to changing development policy agenda in areas of Freedom of Expression, Access to Information.
  4. She was invited and presented ground-breaking research to the first World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) on gender sensitive deficiencies in policies for information and communication technology and has represented gender mainstreaming issues for integration into global to national level policies at UN agencies, including WSIS, UNESCO, the Commonwealth and Inter-American system.
  5. In her work with the International Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, the InterAmerican Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture, and Caribbean Agriculture Research and Development Institute she integrated concepts of gender mainstreaming in agricultural outreach, and also pioneered awards for agricultural journalism, that encouraged reporting on rural women and agricultural workers. 
  6. At national level, she articulated to build awareness around the Put A Woman Campaign of the Network of NGOs for the Advancement of Women, which drew from the UN resolutions for gender parity in national decision making. It included the slogan, A Woman’s Place is in the House – Of Parliament, that saw the drive for fulfilment of the quota of women in Parliament along with women in the positions of Speaker of the House and President of the Senate. The same campaign also supported the ascension into office of the First Female Prime Minister and first Female President of Trinidad and Tobago in one decade.
  7. Dr Kris Rampersad wrote the pioneering book, Through the Political Glass Ceiling (2010), that along with mapping the journey of the First Female Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago through her speeches also includes revisionary research, study and analysis of the national politics of the day through gender and cultural sensitive lenses that has become a text for gender studies and analyses. She has also published several papers and articles on women’s issues.
  8. These contributions spilled over to her functions in other arenas. As the Co-Chair of the UNESCO Executive Board’s Public and External Relations Commission responsible for programme actions she drove and supported motions to strengthen UNESCO’s priority focus on women and gender equality as well as for journalists and for injecting gender sensitive approaches to decision making.
  9. She was herself acknowledged and featured in Hazel Ward Redman’s celebratory series as a Woman of Substance and has been featured in articles as Express Woman, Helping Dreamers Dream and Newsday Woman’s Weekly as Changing the World With Ideas.

 

EDUCATION OVERVIEW

Dr Kris Rampersad is:

  • The first sitting Caribbean journalist/editor to earn a PhD and holds a BA (First Class Honours) degree from the University of the West Indies Holds a Diploma in Mass Communications from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, India.
  • A Commonwealth Professional Fellowship from the Association of Commonwealth Universities, UK; and benefitted from
  • A Nuffield Foundation Fellowship to Wolfson (Journalism) College, Cambridge University UK;
  • An ITEC Scholarship to Jawaharlal Nehru University, Indian Institute of Mass Communication;
  • A Fellowship with the Foreign Press Centre of Japan, and
  • A UWI Post Graduate Scholarship.

 

She has participated numerous skills development training in and in turn conducted training in:

  • Journalism, Media, Communications, ICTs and new media
  • Education, advocacy and outreach and public relations
  • Diversity, multiculturalism and intercultural development,
  • Intangible and tangible cultural heritage and biocultural conservation and protection,
  • Leadership, policy formulation, legislative reform;
  • Capacity Development and Institutional Refoorm;
  • Fundraising, networking.
  • Gender mainstreaming

 

Reggae Musical Heritage
Bob Marley’s Reggae Music Road To UNESCO Intangible Heritage and nominations processes for all three Caribbean countries recently admitted to the UNESCO World Heritage lists. She spearheaded the recognition of Jamaica’s Reggae music which is now on the UNESCO Register of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity through early involvement with the Commonwealth, as a Caribbean representative on the UNESCO Executive Board and facilitated the Jamaica workshops on Intangible Cultural Heritage that culminated in the entry of Reggae on the UNESCO International Registry in 2018. She also facilitated the first Caribbean Youth Seminar on Intangible Cultural Heritage and several of its participants are now young leaders in culture in the Caribbean.

Researcher, Author, Publisher

Finding a Place, (2001) closely examines migration, displacement, settlement, adaptation, inclusion through literary and socio cultural history and journalism; and LiTTscapes – Landscapes of Fiction (2012), that presents a novel look at the interlocking of fiction and reality through literature and photography and allied implications for social inclusion and identity, a commemorative publication of the 50th anniversary jubilee celebrations of Independence. Her book, Through the Political Glass Ceiling, (2010) explores the impact of cultural diversity and gender on socio-political and economic development, mapping the rise of the first woman Prime Minister in Trinidad and Tobago and the growth of gender leadership consciousness.

She has also founded and facilitated edited and written and supervised several academic and other publications and productions, and the development and creation of works by many individuals and organisations in the media and creative spheres.

Leaves of Life

Her interactive, fun, enjoyable and educational Leaves of Life initiatives as LiTTours, LiTTributes, LiTTeas, LiTTalks and LiTTevents across global communities inspire intergenerational respect between youth and elders for the promotion of appreciation of cultural heritage, knowledge transmission, and tourism, inspired by her book LiTTscapes. – Landscapes of Fiction.

Awards & AccoladesDr KRis Rampersad Walk of Excellence President Medal Gold

Dr Kris Rampersad holds a National Gold Medal for the Development of Women through Journalism (2018), National Luminary Award (2015) and other media awards for social and economic commentary (1987), Excellence in Health Journalism from the World Health Organisation/Pan American Health Organisation (1994).

Her blog, Demokrissy was named winner of the BBC/UNESCO Communication Initiative for Policy Blogging in New Media (2011) and is considered a resource in developmental, educational, and cultural matters among global think tanks. It feeds into several other international blogging and other new and social media networks.

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