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The “When We Unite Summit ” is a virtual gender-based violence (GBV) and women empowerment, non-partisan event. The platform will provide a space for discourse between national and international stakeholders who have a vested interest in driving measurable change, as it pertains to the GBV crisis in T&T. 

The “When We Unite Summit ” is a virtual gender-based violence (GBV) and women empowerment, non-partisan event. The platform will provide a space for discourse between national and international stakeholders who have a vested interest in driving measurable change, as it pertains to the GBV crisis in T&T. 


Legacy of Exceptional Women Award.

Janelle Penny Commmissiong


Diana Mahabir-Wyatt



Hosted by


Neki Mohan
x Valerie Jarrett x
Dr. Wayne Frederick

Calypso Rose

Change Our Future




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Carol Maraj

Carol Maraj comes from humble beginnings in her native Trinidad Tobago, where she experienced cycles of emotional pain and Gender Based Violence which started in her childhood and continued into adulthood. It was not until she migrated to the United States that she understood what Emotional and Psychological abuse was all about. Throughout the years, Mrs. Maraj has been a tireless advocate telling her story and working towards educating and empowering women around the issue of GBV. 

As a result,  Mrs. Maraj launched the Carol Maraj Foundation aimed at addressing Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Women empowerment. While many may know Mrs. Maraj as the mother of music SuperStar Nicki Minaj; Mrs. Maraj is also an author, recently launching her first book: “Leaving My Pain” where she intimately narrates and takes us behind the scenes to witness first hand her lived experiences through the silence of her struggles that kept her tightlipped and in agony. She also candidly shares what it feels like to be celebrated, respected and loved while experiencing abuse and its aftermath in the  silence of one’s soul. 

On this journey of “Leaving My Pain,” Mrs. Maraj decided to help women across the globe who share the common fabric of having experienced abuse, recovery and healing. She has executed workshops and developed tools that help victims of abuse, share, discover and regain their identity, strength and safety to live healthy lives. 

The When We Unite Women’s Summit is excited and welcomes Mrs. Maraj’s return to her Native Trinidad & Tobago for an event that is a true homecoming for one of T&T’s daughters of the Sun.

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Shaka Hislop


Neil Shaka Hislop is a current on-air talent, soccer analyst and commentator for ESPN Inc. Shaka is a Howard University alum, having graduated cum laude in 1992 with a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering. He then earned his second degree from HU in 2014 with an Executive MBA. In between earning Howard degrees Shaka played soccer professionally for 15 years, 14 of which were spent playing in England and 1 in the US’s Major League Soccer.


Shaka also represented Trinidad and Tobago at international level throughout his career, including the country’s solitary FIFA World Cup appearance in 2006. In 2005 Shaka was the recipient of the English Professional Footballers Association’s ‘Special Merit Award’ for his services to the game of football, becoming a member of their Honor Roll, joining Brazilian soccer legend Pele as the only other non-British member. Shaka is a founding member, patron and Honorary President of anti-racism organization ‘Show Racism the Red Card’, the UK’s leading anti-racism educational charity. Shaka also sat on the Football Advisory Panel to the International Football Advisory Board from 2014 to 2018 advising on global sporting issues and law changes in soccer. He is a recipient of the Trinidad and Tobago ‘Chaconia Medal’, the country’s second highest national award, for his services to sport. 


In 2007, he received the ‘Alexander B. Chapman Award’ from the T&T Olympic Committee for outstanding contribution to sport and the promotion of the Olympic ideals. Shaka has also been inducted into the Howard University’s Athletic Hall of Fame, and Trinidad and Tobago’s Sports Hall of Fame. In 2019 Shaka founded the Second Half Sport Foundation which collects second-hand and used soccer equipment for distribution and use by the TT Police Service in their kids and community outreach programs in some of T&T’s most at-risk communities.



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Jerome Precilla, known by most as Rome is a well rounded entertainer and host. He is currently one of the top Soca Parang singers in T&T and was also a Soca Monarch and Chutney Soca Monarch Finalist. Not only is he a performer but he is also a Television host and a radio personality on the morning show on Boom Champions 94.1fm. Rome holds a Masters in Engineering Asset Management, a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and was a Head of Department and Senior Superintendent at Petrotrin. 


He is an avid businessman at heart as previously the Co-Founder of Quik Slice Pizza and he is currently the owner of Soca Hub Events. In his latest project, he is featured on the VH1 hit reality TV series Girls Cruise alongside US celebrities Lil Kim, Mya and Chilli of TLC which won reality TV awards in the US. Rome continues to entertain and educate his audiences either through the cultural artform of Trinidad & Tobago or hosting many corporate, community events and public speaking engagements.

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Serala Ramlogan


Serala Ramlogan is a broadcaster and entrepreneur who believes that our work is service to others, and understanding this, is the key to our success.


Serala has over 10 years of experience in Radio and Television and remains a versatile presenter for live and prerecorded programs. She has presented on several radio stations and on television frequencies including Synergy TV, CNC3, SportsMax. During the course of her media career she has represented the country’s biggest telecommunications networks, as host of Digicel Stars and as a brand ambassador for Bmobile. 


Serala remains a freelance broadcaster and has channeled her entrepreneurial spirit into managing a department store while founding her own business, Climax Sports Ltd. 

She also works as a realtor and has a B.Sc. in Economics with a minor in International Relations.


Our Speakers.

State of Women

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Akosua Dardaine-Edwards

Akosua Dardaine Edwards has won awards for Social Entrepreneur of the Year in Trinidad and Tobago and Caribbean Female Social Entrepreneur of the Year from the Global Innovation Partners. She was named as one of the 2019 Women’s Economic Ambassadors by Diversity RD Global. As a gender and entrepreneurship specialist, Akosua is the founder of the NiNa Young Women’s Leadership Program; a young leadership programme that focuses on creating an entrepreneurial culture and mindset in young women in the Caribbean. The NiNa Programme equips young girls ages 15 to 18 with entrepreneurial tools and fosters an entrepreneurial culture and mind-set to deal with the challenges encountered within their environment. Akosua has travelled throughout countries such as South Africa, India, Grenada, Kenya, Uganda. St Vincent and the Grenadines, Columbia, Zimbabwe and Trinidad and Tobago working with women and youth entrepreneurs. Being on the ground in communities to see "first-hand the impact of the beauty of the human spirit" is what drove her to begin working in rural communities and developing countries. With great joy, she looks forward to learning from each experience and connecting with those she meets during her travels.

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Sherron Harford


The Shelter for Battered Women and Children was established in 1987 as a safe haven for women and children who are victims of all forms of domestic violence. Our mission is to support victims in their transition from victims to survivors and survivors into success stories.

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Glenda Sorzano

Glenda Sorzano is a GBV survivor and advocate.

She is currently working towards inspiring women through entrepreneurship and women's rights initiatives. She remains an avid gardener and devoted mother.

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Prof. Gerard Hutchinson

Gerard Hutchinson is currently the Professor and Unit Lead in Psychiatry, at the School of Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS), University of the West Indies, St Augustine. He also serves currently as the coordinator of the DM Psychiatry, St Augustine campus and the Programme Director of the MSc Clinical Psychology programme on the St Augustine campus. He functions as the Head of Psychiatry at the North Central Regional Health Authority, where he oversees the in-patient and outpatient mental health services of the NCRHA.

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Neki Mohan

Neki Mohan is a celebrated award winning journalist who is the CEO of her own consulting and Media company. Most recently she anchored a #1 rated morning show at the ABC affiliate in Miami for over a decade. A compelling storyteller, her reporting has taking her across the Caribbean, the US and the World. She has covered red carpets, world leaders and some of the biggest news stories at 10 TV stations in 5 cities. Born in Brooklyn, NY to West Indian parents, she was raised in Trinidad and Tobago and came back to the US for College.

Neki is a passionate mentor and has been mentoring for the Women of Tomorrow program for 20 years. She has also been an adjunct professor at Barry University and was recently invited to join the board of the Pace Center for Girls Broward. She is an avid reader, traveller, Girl Scout cookie mom and a budding yogi. When not trying to save the world, she is at home with her family trying to cook a meal they will all eat!

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Dr. Tameka Romeo

Dr. Tameka Romeo is a Legal Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist and Informed Practitioner in Investigative Psychology. Tameka received a Joint Doctorate in Legal Psychology from Maastricht University in The Netherlands and the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.


The findings from her studies have been presented at multiple international conferences in The Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Czech Republic, and Jamaica. In 2019, she received the award for Best Paper for 2019 in the Journal of Memory & Cognition by the Psychonomic Society. An alumna of The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, she read for the degree of Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (distinction). 

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Lou Lyons


Lou Lyons is the co-founder of the Trinidad and Tobago based musical band Freetown Collective. He is an artist, musician, entrepreneur and social justice activist. The Tobago native comes from a educational background of Journalism/Public Relations and Law as Barrister, but uses his art alongside his Band mate and Co-founder of Freetown Collective – Muhammad Muwakil, to spread messages of Caribbean Self-Determinism, radical truth-telling and the need for formally established social rituals of initiation for boys to learn and develop healthy conceptions of masculinity. These beliefs are recurring themes in the Band's music and they also appear as topics covered consistently and in great detail in conversations on his FULL DISCLOSURE RADIO weekly YouTube podcast

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Dr. Angelique Nixon


Angelique V. Nixon is a Bahamas-born and raised, Trinidad-based writer, artist, and scholar-activist. She is lecturer and researcher at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, The UWI St. Augustine, where she recently completed a human rights, activity-based project called “A Sexual Culture of Justice” working to end gender based violence and LGBTI discrimination by transforming harmful gender and sexual norms.


Angelique is also a director on the working board of CAISO: Sex & Gender Justice in Trinidad and Tobago. She is author of the poetry and art chapbook titled Saltwater Healing: A Myth Memoir and Poems and the scholarly award-winning book titled Resisting Paradise: Tourism, Diaspora, and Sexuality in Caribbean Culture. Angelique is fiercely committed to intersectional queer feminist praxis, decolonial politics, and Black liberation. Through activism, writing, and art, Angelique strives to disrupt silences, affirm healing and carve spaces for resistance and desire.

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Shireen Pollard


Shireen N. Pollard, M.S.W holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Police Science, from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.  She also holds a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Fordham University, NYC.

Shireen has six (6) years investigative experience at the NYC Administration for Children Services, Division of Child Protection.  During that time, she investigated allegations of abuse and neglect and conducted emergency removals of children in imminent risk of danger and/or harm.  Furthermore, she has specialized in the investigation of Serious Physical Abuse and Sexual Abuse crimes against children, as a part of the Instant Response Team in collaboration with NYPD’s Special Victims Division (SVD).

She has provided clinical psycho-therapy to the diagnosed mentally ill population throughout NYC in various Rehabilitation Homes, as a Master’s Level Social Work Intern.   

In 2017 she returned to her home country of Trinidad and Tobago, WI. eager to contribute to the social landscape.  She began that journey with the Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago, specifically working in their Juvenile Justice Unit. She collaborated with the Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago in the USAID Juvenile Court Project in the development of the Multi Agency Protocol.  She also played a critical role in the implementation of many initial policies at the Children’s Authority’s office within the newly opened Children’s Court (North & South region).

She currently holds the position of Civilian Manager, Gender-Based Violence Unit within the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service. She is tasked with the responsibility of Policy/Programme Development of said Unit as well as campaigning for gender equality within the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.


Neki Mohan


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Valerie Jarrett




Valerie Jarrett is the President of the Barack Obama Foundation and a Senior Distinguished Fellow at The University of Chicago Law School. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling book Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward, published in April 2019.


She serves as Board Chairman of Civic Nation, Co-Chair of The United State of Women and senior advisor to Attn. Jarrett also serves on the boards of Walgreens Boot Alliance, Inc., Ralph Lauren Corporation, Lyft, Inc., 2U, Inc., Ariel Investments, Time’sUp, The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, The Innocence Project, Sesame Street Workshop and the Economic Club of Chicago.


Ms. Jarrett was the Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama from 2009-2017, making her the

longest serving senior advisor to a president in history. She oversaw the Offices of Public

Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and Chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls. 


Ms. Jarrett has a background in both the public and private sectors. She served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Habitat Company in Chicago, the Commissioner of Planning and

Development for the city of Chicago, Deputy Chief of Staff for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and she practiced law for ten years in the private and public sector.


She also served as the director of numerous corporate and not-for-profit boards including leadership roles as Chairman

of the Board of the Chicago Stock Exchange, Chairman of the University of Chicago Medical Center Board of Trustees, Vice Chairman of the University of Chicago Board of Trustees,

Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Chair of Chicago Transit Board. Ms.arrett has also received numerous awards and honorary degrees, including TIME’s “100 Most

Influential People” Award.


Jarrett received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1978 and her J.D. from the University of

Michigan Law School in 1981.

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Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick


Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick is an internationally renowned scholar, surgeon and 17th President of Howard University. A fellow Trinibagonian, Dr. Frederick is currently Vice Chairman of the District of Columbia Board of Medicine. In 2010 Dr. Frederick was listed on Ebony magazine's Power 100, named one of America’s Best Physicians by Black Enterprise magazine. Listed to the "Power 100" by the Washington Business Journal. In May 2016 President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint Dr. Frederick to serve on the Board of Advisors for the White House Initiative on HBCU’s.


He currently serves on many boards, corporations and institutions; Member of the Board of Directors for Humana Inc., Mutual America Life Insurance, Co., Member of the Board of Directors for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.


Dr. Frederick has also led many ground breaking initiatives at Howard University such as the STEM Scholars Program, Howard West -Google campus and the recent launch of Howard University’s Center for Gender & Global Leadership where he recently hosted a Fireside chat with Executive Director of UN Women; Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.


Dr. Frederick is a Hall of Fame inductee at his alma-mater, St. Mary’s College.




Our Initiatives.

act too.

A resource platform to benefit those in the Caribbean & US.


We have adopted the Shelter and are fundraising to assist with social services, programming, etc.

Community Action Teams

Community Organizing around GBV

National Consultative Workshop

Turning ideas into action.

Coming Soon!

Social Enterprise #1000 hrs

Economic empowerment for women & girls.









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