Visit Of Dr. Verene Shepherd-Co-Chairperson Of The Caricom Reparations Commission

Members of the Trinidad and Tobago National Committee on Reparations (TTNRC) as well as nationals of the African diaspora are set to benefit from the knowledge and experience of the co-Chairperson of the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) Dr. Verene Shepherd as Emancipation observances continue this month.

Dr. Shepherd, who is also the Chair of Jamaica’s National Commission on Reparations, arrived in Trinidad and Tobago for a five (5) day visit on August 8th 2014 and she will be here until August 13th 2014. She is a much sought after speaker, who has presented numerous seminars, conference papers and delivered many public lectures locally, regionally and internationally on African and Caribbean studies.

During her stay in this country she will attend the 9th meeting of the Trinidad and Tobago National Committee on Reparations.

At  the meeting Letters of Investiture will be presented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs The Honourable Winston Dookeran.

The meeting is carded to be held on Tuesday 12th August 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, level 14 of the Waterfront Complex, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain.

It was at the CARICOM’s 34th Regular Meeting in July 2013 in Trinidad and Tobago where it was agreed that each CARICOM member state should establish its own National Committee in Reparations. Each committee is mandated to document the effects of European Genocide against the indigenous inhabitants of the region, the slave trade in and the enslavement of Africans, and the colonization of the country.


The members of the Trinidad and Tobago National Committee on Reparations  are as follows:

Mr. Aiyegoro Ome                           Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Advisor to Ambassador Makandal Daaga and Chairman of the Reparations Committee
H.E. Sir Edwin Carrington Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
Ms. Avril Belfon National Archives
Mr. Khafra Kambon   Emancipation Support Committee
Ms Tiffany Bethel Office of the PM–Researcher
Mr. Naim Mohammed  Ministry of the Attorney General
Dr. Sharon Le Gall  Attorney / Lecturer University of the West Indies (UWI)
Mrs. Theresa Neblett-Skinner  Ministry of Education – Curriculum Coordinator
Mr. Ricardo B. Hernandez  Santa Rosa First Peoples
Mr. Clyde Noel All Mansion of Rastafari
Der One Piankhi Council of Orisa Elders
Mr. Andy Johnson Government Information Services Ltd
Mr. Damian Richardson Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism
Mr. Anthony Birchwood Lecturer University of the West Indies (UWI)
Ms. Marguerite Moore Director of Heritage Library NALIS
Dr. Fazal Ali University of Trinidad and Tobago


Dr Shepherd visited Tobago for a public forum which took place on Sunday 10th August, 2014 at the PanAM Guest House, under the auspices of Tobago Cultural Committee.

The media is invited to cover Dr. Shepherd’s visit as scheduled below:

Tuesday 12th August 2014 
Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Time: 9:30a.m. to 1:00 p.m

9.30 am

Courtesy Call to Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ambassador’s Waiting Room
Level 14
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Tower C
International Waterfront Centre
1a Wrightson Road


10.00 am

Start 9th meeting of the Trinidad and Tobago National
Committee on Reparations and a discussion with Dr. Shepherd.
Private Plenary Session


11.30 am

Minister of Foreign Affairs presents Letters of   
Appointment to TTNCR members
All Media invited

Tuesday 12th August 2014    Time: 7:00 pm
(Under the auspices of the National Action Cultural Committee (NACC)

Public Lecture and Discussion     NALIS AV Room

Cor. Hart and Abercromby Street, Port of Spain

Full media coverage:              

Feel free to contact Mr. Avery Seaton, Communication Support Officer (TTNRC) at 623-6894 or 329 3326 for further queries. Please see below the profile of Dr. Verene Shepherd:



Professor Verene Shepherd a fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society, is University Director of the Institute for Gender & Development Studies and Professor of Social History at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies. She has had a long association with the women’s movement and a track record of research on gender issues. She was the Faculty of Arts Representative on the Board for Gender & Development from 1996-1998 and Faculty Representative, Women and Development Studies Group from 1989-1991.  She has contributed to other aspects of university life. For example during the period 2004 – 2006 she served as a member of the Mona Campus Strategic Transformation Team.

Professor Shepherd is the host of “Talking History” on Nationwide 90 FM and member of the United Nation’s Working Group of Experts on People of African descent. She is the Immediate Past President of the Association of Caribbean Historians and was the first woman to chair the Board of Trustees of the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (2006-2007)

A graduate of the UWI, Mona and the University of Cambridge, where she read for her PhD in history, Professor Shepherd’s research interests are Jamaican Economic History during slavery (especially the history of non-sugar activities); Migration and Diasporas, and Caribbean Women’s history; and she has published widely on these topics. Among her publications (sole-authored, co-authored, edited and co-edited are Livestock, Sugar & Slavery: Contested Terrain in Colonial Jamaica (2009); I Want to Disturb My Neighbour (2007); Maharani’s Misery: Narratives of a Passage from India to the Caribbean (2002) and Engendering History: Caribbean Women in Historical Perspectives (1998). She also writes for High School students, producing, with Hilary McD Beckles. Liberties Lost: Caribbean Indigenous Societies and Slave Systems (2004) and Freedoms Won: Caribbean Emancipations, Ethnicities and Nationhood (2006). Both Professor Shepherd and Professor Beckles were also very instrumental in ensuring that Lucille Mathurin Mair’s path-breaking PhD thesis, “A Historical Study of Women in Jamaica,” written in 1974, was finally published in 2007. 

She is a member of several international organizations (e.g. she is a  Steering Committee Member of the South-South Exchange Programme for Research on the History of Development) and sits on the Advisory/Editorial of several local and international journals including the Arts Journal, Caribbean Quarterly, Jamaica Journal, Slavery and Abolition. She has also held postdoctoral and research fellowships at several universities, among such fellowships being the DuBois-Mandela-Rodney Fellowship, Center for Afro-American & African Studies, University of Michigan.

A much sought after speaker, she has presented numerous seminar and conference papers and delivered many public lectures locally, regionally and internationally; and she has been the recipient of several awards, including the Jamaica National Heritage Trust Award for contribution to Jamaican history and heritage and the Africana Studies distinguished African Award (2007) from Florida International University.