Judith Wedderburn is the recently retired Director of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, (FES) Jamaica and for over 30 years, has worked as an educator, trainer, advocate and researcher in the field of gender and development in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.
Programmes were developed for and in collaboration with a diverse range of partners in the academic community and the public sector, in civil society, and with trade unions and political parties nationally and regionally. Specific development challenges were addressed through training programmes which utilized both traditional and participatory learning techniques such as drama-in-education. The main themes addressed include human rights, governance and corruption, transformational leadership for young women and men, and a range of gender-related themes.
These include gender-responsive policy, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights, gender-based violence, gender issues in the media, in poverty, in trade and globalization, and in climate change. As a dedicated civil society activist, Ms. Wedderburn has also supported lobbying and advocacy activities for legislative reform and policy development, has served on a number of public sector and civil society boards, and is a founding member and currently, a Director of WMW Jamaica. She also served as the Jamaica Country Expert for the Bertelsmann Transformation Index published by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, Germany.