The Mission

To ensure that all citizens of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have equal access to opportunities that will shape their social, cultural, spiritual, educational, economical and political development.

The Vision

A fully integrated Gender Affairs Division catering for gender equity, equality and gender mainstreaming through team work.

The Goal

Support the integration and advancement of a gender perspective, into national development so as to attain equality and equity.


The objectives of the Gender Affairs Department are to:

  • Implement an action plan that will ensure gender integration into all policies, procedures and programmes, prevention and eradication of domestic violence and educational, social, cultural and economic growth of the marginalized.
  • Collaborate with other departments/ ministries and organisations to institutionalize the responsibility for gender equality through out government and NGO activities.
  • Influence departments/ ministries and NGOs to institute systems to collect and store sex-disaggregated data.
  • Use disaggregated data as a source of information to provide related services and to use these data as relevant decision making. (E.g.) employment.
  • Formulate a national policy on gender equity.
  • Facilitate greater outreach to more persons.
  • Provide greater impact of the gender sensitization programmes.
  • Strengthening groups/NGOs in an effort to reduce poverty.

Key Clients

  • Social Clubs
  • Community Based Organisations
  • National Organisations
  • Private Sector
  • Trade Unions
  • Regional/International Organisations
  • Institutions i.e. schools, churches
  • General Public
  • Government

Contact Information

Permanent Secretaries
Ms. Catherine Defreitas 
PS For Housing and Informal Human Settlement
Location: Granby Street, Kingstown
Tel : (PBX) :(784) 456-1111, Ext : 4681

Mrs. Merissa Finch-Burke 
PS For Social Development, Family, Gender Affairs, and Youth
Tel : (PBX) :(784) 456-1111, Ext : 3863


The Ministry of National Mobilisation, Social Development, Gender Affairs, Family Affairs, Housing and Informal Settlement

Halifax Street Kingstown St. Vincent

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:15 pm
Saturday - Sunday