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Triennial Award |
||Professor Joycelin Massiah
acknowledgement of her exceptional career accomplishments,Professor
Joycelin Massiah was conferred the CARICOM Triennial
Award for Women in 1996. A true Caribbean
citizen, Professor Massiah’s life path transcends
Caribbean boundaries having been born in Guyana,
studied and worked for several years in Jamaica
and now residing as a citizen of Barbados. As a
renowned Caribbean academic, scholar and intellectual,
she has, through her scholarly research, contributed
significantly to shaping the agenda on women and
development in the Region and the movement for promoting
women’s rights. A UWI graduate in Economics
and Sociology, Joycelin Massiah returned to her
alma mater and served with distinction as a member
of the UWI community for several years as researcher
and lecturer. She provided extended extraordinary
service to the University, first as Research Assistant
at the Mona Campus, as Research Fellow at the Institute
of Social and Economic Research (ISER) Cave Hill,
and finally as Director of ISER, Cave Hill from
1974 to 1992. Her remarkable record of involvement
with the UWI included membership of the Senate
Professor Massiah’s career is characterized by many “firsts”,
a fitting testimony to a career hinged on nothing short of excellence.
As first female Head of Department at Cave Hill, first Caribbean female
Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences, first female Director
in any of the branches of ISER and first head of the Caribbean Office
of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), she moved
the process of incorporating Caribbean women into the hierarchy of
leadership one step further.
Professor Massiah is well known for her seminal research project on “Women
in the Caribbean” which was inspired by a recognition of the
dearth of data on women in the region, needed to inform development
initiatives. Her work in this area has had a profound impact on the
establishment of a frame of reference for analyzing and comprehending
the issues related to women, their status and development in the region.
As a highly recognized scholar, Professor Massiah was invited to
serve on several regional and international committees and boards among
which is the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Research
on Women and the Advisory Committee of the Population Council on Family
Structure, Female Headship and Poverty. In a consultative capacity,
she has authored several papers and reports for regional and international
bodies such as CARICOM, UNESCO, PAHO and USAID.
In her current capacity as Regional Programme Advisor to the United
Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) based in Barbados, Prof.
Massiah has responsibility for 26 countries in the region. The post
offers her remarkable opportunities to interface with organization
and agencies, government and non-government in furthering her dedicated
efforts to create conditions of betterment for the women in her region.
The Government of Barbados honoured the work and lifetime contributions
of Professor Massiah by awarding her the Golden Cross of Merit, Barbados’s
third highest award in 1998.