Gender and Land Rights Database

Trinidad and Tobago

Civil society and indigenous people’s organizations advocating for equality of land rights

- The Network of Rural Women Producers (NRWP) is an umbrella organization in which individuals and groups are represented. It aims at empowering rural women to become self-reliant. Training is provided to members (19).


- The Caribbean Network of Rural Women Producers (CANROP) is the umbrella organization that embraces national chapters of rural women's entrepreneurs (30).


- The Network of NGOs of Trinidad & Tobago for the Advancement of Women was born in 1984 and founded in 1985 in response to the need for collaboration among NGOs in Trinidad and Tobago to assess the achievements of the UN Decade for Women and in preparation for the 1985 Nairobi Conference. From 35 organisations in 1985, membership now includes some 102 NGOs which represent the varied interests of women of Trinidad and Tobago, and is the largest network of civil society organisations in the country. The Network works toward ensuring gender equality and promotes women’s human rights and empowerment nationally, regionally and globally. The Network Training Centre offers training programmes towards the leadership and empowerment of women (31).


- The Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action (CAFRA) is a regional network of feminists, individual researchers, activists and women’s organisations advocating women’s empowerment. Activities include projects/programmes on Women in Caribbean Agriculture; Women and the Law; Women, Development and Sustainable Livelihood; Women’s Health and Reproductive Rights (32).

Local decision-making organizations and women’s representation in them

- The local government bodies consist of nine Regional Corporations and five municipalities in Trinidad and the Tobago House of Assembly in Tobago. The Tobago House of Assembly is responsible for all local government activities on the sister isle. Tobago was administered as a county of Trinidad and Tobago in 1945 when the county council system was first introduced. However, with the passage of Act No. 37 of 1980, the Tobago House of Assembly was revived.

- Previously, local government was administered by a system of county council which came into effect in 1945. Act No. 21 of 1990 brought regional corporations into the local government landscape. Regional Corporations, with each regional corporation representing a specified region, replaced the county councils (27).

Legal Information and capacity development on land rights


Sources: numbers in brackets (*) refer to sources displayed in the Bibliography