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Avril Anande Trotman Joseph is a Partner of the Law Firm of Joseph and Joseph based in St George’s, Grenada. She also serves on the regional UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group for the Caribbean and the Advisory Board of the Caribbean Institute of Women In Leadership. A consultant with the Consultancy in Law Governance and Rights, she has consulted on family related, social justice and rule of law studies and projects.
She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies the Hugh Wooding Law School and the University of London, where post graduate studies focused on International Rights of the Child, Juvenile Justice and UN Protection of Human Rights.
Ms. Trotman Joseph has enjoyed a distinguished legal career and is equally engaged in civic service, having served as former Solicitor General of Grenada, Chairperson of the Grenada National Coalition on the Rights of the Child (GNCRC), Chairperson of the Adoption Board of Grenada, Executive Board member of the Child Protection Authority, President of the Bar Association, Guyana, President of the Guyana Association of Women Lawyers, Guyana, and Executive Member of the Grenada Bar Association. She is also a member of GNOW. She believes that the context of family law requires corresponding legislative, policy social and community actions. Therefore, whether she is acting locally, regionally or internationally, she wants to positively make a difference for women, children and families, who are clients in the court room or require counsel in crisis. Likewise when serving on boards or organisations which represent the rights of children or women, or preparing consultative studies on ending gender based violence, the status of women and children of Grenada or in the Caribbean.
Regionally she also serves as a UNICEF consultant reviewing the status of children and children in conflict with the law, interfaces with women leaders at regional fora, presents papers on issues such as sexual harassment, leadership, women effectively running for political office, or shares on how she was involved with assisting to ensure that the evolving rights of children and women were domesticated in the constitution of Guyana. She has represented Grenadian NGOs appearing before the UN Committees for Children and Women at the UN in Geneva. In 2014, she took the Caribbean’s gender messaging to the global stage speaking at the UN Headquarters in New York and the global Conference on Small Island Developing States in Samoa.
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