Women PeaceMaker Profile

Sabrina Mowlah-Baksh

Trinidad and Tobago, Latin America

Sabrina Mowlah-Baksh began her social activism as a teenager addressing issues related to violence against women. She is a founding member of the Women's Institute for Alternative Development (WINAD) in Trinidad and Tobago and a former councilwoman and deputy mayor of her city of San Fernando. Utilizing her interest and expertise in women's security, she was integral to WINAD's pioneering initiatives on gun violence, which resulted in the organization becoming the secretariat for the Coalition for Development and the Reduction of Armed Violence. This work culminated in the historic signing of the Arms Trade Treaty by the CARICOM (Caribbean Community) region.

 

An attempted coup in Trinidad and Tobago in 1990 led to the proliferation of gun violence in the country. WINAD's work began with a "No Guns for Christmas" campaign, which called on parents to desist from purchasing toy guns for children as Christmas gifts. This ignited Mowlah-Baksh’s engagement in the security sector. Her journey included meeting with perpetrators of gun violence, such as gang leaders; negotiating peace agreements in communities; capacity building for government and civil society through UNLIREC (UN Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament, and Development in Latin America); and women's involvement in security issues.

 

Mowlah-Baksh holds an MSc in gender and development from the University of the West Indies. She is a member of the Caribbean Civil Society Advisory Group for UN Women, Caribbean.