Keynote Speakers

Dr. Leith L. Dunn

Director

Institute for Gender and Development Studies Mona Unit

University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica

Leith Dunn, a Jamaican Sociologist, is a graduate of the University of the West Indies Mona B.A (Hons) (Languages and Social Sciences) & MSc (Sociology) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (Ph.D. in Sociology and Economics).

Since 2006, she has served as Senior Lecturer/Head of the UWI’s Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS) Mona Unit, leading a programme of teaching, research, and policy advocacy to promote gender equality, human rights and sustainable development.

Her teaching in the BSc Gender and Development programme includes Gender Sexual and Reproductive Health, HIV and AIDS, She also teaches and supervises postgraduate students in the Faculty of Medical Sciences Social Sciences conducing gender-related research on: reproductive health, gender based violence, and the rights of sex workers.

Over the last 25 years Dr Dunn’s work has focused on gender as a cross cutting issue in studies of labour, trade, human trafficking, child trafficking, climate change and disasters.

Leith previously worked with UNFPA as Assistant Representative as well as with several regional and International Development Agencies. Her public service has included advocacy on human trafficking and serving as a Commonwealth Observer for Presidential and Tripartite Elections in four African countries.