History

The CariMAN Initiative was launched in 2006 at the Caribbean’s first male conference, Man Talk held in Jamaica, to address the many needs of the male community which often were addressed haphazardly by disparate organizations and without coordination, structure and organization. The founder and first Chairman, Dr. Peter Weller envisioned that CariMAN would bring together men and organizations engaged in work with and for men. In 2010, CariMAN was legally incorporated in Trinidad and Tobago and by 2011 had expanded its network across 12 Caribbean countries including Belize. Early partners included UN Women, UNFPA, CARICOM/EU, PAHO and UNDP.

Dr Peter Weller

CORE PRINCIPLES

Our overall principles are founded on human rights and gender justice for all principles, including but not limited to:
  1. We believe men and boys should be advocates for gender, social, and environmental justice.
  2. We affirm the principles of gender equality, and that people of all gender identities should work together towards the common vision of gender and social justice, and freedom of all forms of discrimination and violence.
  3. We acknowledge and respect the diversity among men and boys in the Caribbean region, in terms of age, religion/spiritual beliefs, ethnicity, class, ability, educational background, sexual orientation and identities, geography, and any other status to promote positive development, livelihood and existence.
  4. We all encourage men and boys — and all others — to be committed to their families and work to overcome challenges, ideologies, and stereotypes that prevent all men from becoming equal partners in the care of children and domestic tasks.
  5. We believe men and boys in the Caribbean region should critically reflect on our histories and engage in the continuous process of self-examination of the patriarchal power inequalities with humility, responsibility, compassion, and mutual respect.

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WHERE WE WORK

CariMAN is a regional network working in the Caribbean region.
Currently, we have an active presence in 8 Caribbean countries:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bahamas
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago

Not seeing your country represented?
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GOVERNANCE PRINCIPLES

1. Bottom-up model

Reflecting interconnections between National-to-Regional levels.

2. Walk-the-talk

Function in a way that demonstrates our vision, mission and principles. We do not reinforce the same patriarchal structure that we envision to dismantle ultimately.

3. Decentralized

Country Networks have ownership and autonomy.

Regional Board
2019–2020

Chair Phillip Carlisle Dominica
Immediate Past Chair Tyrone Buckmire Grenada
Executive Members Tricia Basdeo-Gobin Trinidad and Tobago
Kesley Cambridge St Vincent and the Grenadines
Allister Collins Guyana
Daryl George Antigua and Barbuda
Joseph Heron Jamaica
Henry Johnson Bahamas

All Executive Members serve voluntarily