About Me.

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Ronelle King is an Afro-Barbadian intersectional feminist and human rights activist. Founder of the viral social media movement #lifeinleggings which later formed a grassroots organisation, Life In Leggings: Caribbean Alliance Against Gender-based Violence Through Education, Empowerment & Community Outreach. Her role as Director is to ensure the organisation fulfills it’s commitment of dismantling the rape culture within the Caribbean and changing the regional statistic from one in three women [will experience physical/sexual violence in her lifetime] to none in three.

Over the years, Ronelle has been a driving force behind social media (as well as offline) awareness concerning key issues related to violence against women and girls in the Caribbean region: She was a panelist for the Internet Governance Forum Barbados, where she spoke about gender and harassment in both a physical and online capacity. She was a guest speaker for Class Act Conferences’ workshop on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace. She provided contributions to the shadow report for both the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the Universal Periodic Review for Barbados in June 2017 and delivered an oral statement regarding issues that affect women in Barbados to the CEDAW committee at the United Nations Office at Geneva in Switzerland on July 2017. Her concerns regarding violence against women and girls, human trafficking, lack of access to justice and several others were reflected in the concluding observations to Barbados from the committee.

In October 2017, Ronelle was selected to attend the 15th International Human Rights Colloquium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She was one of 63 participants from 23 countries who attended the event hosted by Conectas Human Rights. It was at this event that she was interviewed by BBC Brasil about her work regarding sexual violence in the Caribbean region.

In that same month, Ronelle was also selected to attend the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi, Russia. She joined a Caribbean delegation in Havana, Cuba before travelling to the festival. There she united with 20,000 participants from more than 150 countries to discuss the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations.

Soon after she was selected as a team member for the Exhibition on Protest and Activism in Barbados for the Barbados Museum and Historical Society. This exhibition will also include the simultaenous regional march she conceptualised and executed with a regional team in seven caribbean islands to unite the Caribbean against gender-based violence.

In November she represented Barbados at the United Nations 10th Session Minority Rights Forum in Geneva, Switzerland to deliver a report to the Special Rapporteur regarding LGBTI issues in Barbados and co-write a report on Haitian Migrants, Statelessness and the Physical/Sexual Violence perpetrated by Immigration Officers in The Bahamas.

Recently, she was announced as one of the final winners of the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards for her work in her country and beyond to end violence against women and girls. She will travel to the UK in June, 2018 to receive her award.

She supports LGBTQI rights, which is not limited to marriage equality but the reflection of anti-discrimination laws across the Caribbean region and the world. She considers herself an ally in the fight for equality and uses her privileges as a heterosexual cis-woman to fight against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

As a woman of African descent who resides in a majority black country with a history of colonialism, Ronelle strongly supports the dismantlement of white supremacy and systemic racism.

She is described as unrelenting in her advocacy for equality, which is not limited to civil rights and gender activism. When she’s not actively trying to dismantle the patriarchy, she can be found indulging in literature, research and advocacy training.

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One thought on “About Me.

  1. Dear Ronelle King,

    I am writing a dissertation on the Caribbean in regards to gender relations, what constitutes masculinity in the Caribbean and how this effects the relationship between man and woman.

    I study at King’s College London, and the movement you have inspired is momentous to say the least. I would love to hear more from you and gain a personal perspective of life as a woman in the Caribbean. If you have time to drop me an email, I would appreciate it very much.

    All the best, and keep up the great work.

    Nadine x

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