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"Nasty or Nice?" Women in Leadership and Politics

For Release Upon Receipt - Thursday, March 9, 2017

Are women in politics and leadership “nasty or nice?”

That is the question former Member of Parliament and Minister of Health and Physical Development Liz Thompson will tackle when she delivers a public lecture to mark International Women’s Day 2017.

CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank has partnered with the Institute for Gender and Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit Cave Hill Campus, University of the West Indies to present the public lecture entitled: “Nasty or Nice? Women in Politics, Leadership and Life”.

Debra King, CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Director of Corporate Communications, said the bank was “happy to partner with the Institute for Gender and Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit for the second year running to present a thought-provoking public lecture to mark International Women’s Day.”

Dr. Charmaine Crawford, Head, The Institute for Gender and Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit stated that the Institute “was pleased to collaborate with CIBC FirstCaribbean on this event for International Women’s Day. We celebrate the achievements and contributions that Caribbean women have made to their societies. We also pledge our commitment to gender justice and the rights and empowerment of girls and women towards a better future for all.”

Thompson, a former United Nations Assistant Secretary General and currently Executive Director Designate of the SUNY-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development, will present the lecture on March 17, 2017 at 7:30p.m. at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination, Cave Hill campus, University of the West Indies.

As Minister of Energy and Environment she led the development of the policy and legislation to establish and govern the offshore oil sector.

She served as Minister of Health from 1994 to 1999 and her policy to give AZT to pregnant women with HIV and AIDS, reduced mother to child transmission by 95% and is regarded as one of the best global examples of such a programme.

In 2010 Liz was recruited as an Assistant Secretary General at the United Nations. In this role she was one of the leaders of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20 and shared responsibility for policy formulation, public messaging, multilateral negotiations and stakeholder engagement.

An attorney-at-law, she holds an LLB from the University of the West Indies, an LEC from the Hugh Wooding Law School, an MBA with distinction from the University of Liverpool and an LLM from the Robert Gordon University.

She has guest lectured or served on panels at the St George’s University, University of Waterloo, Yale, Harvard, University of North Carolina, and Colombia.

She has spoken globally and authored numerous papers on energy and sustainability issues. She is the co-author of two books, “From Rio+20 to a New Development Agenda, and “The Plain Language Guide to Rio+20.” Her first motivational book, “Make Yourself Happy,” was published in November 2016.

She is a recipient of the prestigious Champion of the Earth Award.


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