“We are poorer without her”: Hazel Brown, human rights defender in Trinidad and Tobago, dies

Trinidadian activist Hazel Brown at the sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York, March 16, 2017. Photo by UN Women/Ryan Brown on Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

On the morning of September 22, Hazel Brown, a staunch advocate who led the Network of NGOs for the Advancement of Women, passed away quietly at home. She was 80 years old.

Today we mourn the loss of one of Trinidad and Tobago’s greatest feminist supporters, Hazel Brown.

She was known for her outspokenness, her firm belief in public participation in democracy, and her defense of autonomy.

On Facebook, the Central Beat page, immediately paid tribute when he learned of his death:

Hazel was a cancer survivor who worked tirelessly to support others going through similar struggles with cancer.
Hazel Brown stood up for women at a time when many were afraid to and she faced the wrath of many governments for her outspoken advocacy. She was indefatigable and fearless, often controversial but always heard. At a time when women’s rights are facing challenges worldwide, her voice will be missed.

Hazel was a cancer survivor who worked tirelessly to support others going through similar struggles with cancer.
Hazel Brown stood up for women at a time when many were afraid, and she faced the wrath of many governments for her outspoken advocacy. She was tireless and fearless, often controversial but always listened to. At a time when women’s rights are challenged around the world, her voice will be missed.

The criticism Brown received never stopped him from using his voice: kept sounding the alarm on many other issues related to women’s rights, such as health, consumer rights and food safety.

On Facebook, Nafeesa Mohammed he pointed that Brown’s defense amounted to a calling:

Hazel Brown has been a matriarch in this country who has inspired many of us. She was a champion for the rights of women and children. Her advocacy and activism de ella was global and here at home […] Hazel was above the politics. She stood up for justice, fairness, equity and equality.

Hazel Brown has been a matriarch of this country who has inspired many of us. She was an advocate for the rights of women and children. Her advocacy and activism was global and here at home […]. Hazel was above politics. She stood for justice, fairness, and equality.

Ken Ali remembered how he always seemed to lead the pack:

HAZEL BROWN was marching against food prices decades ago when everyone else was meekly accepting the cost of living.
Through the years, Ms. Brown courageously championed consumer rights, like no one else in our society.
She struggled on gender and social justice issues.
Most of all, she fearlessly advocated working class matters.
She was a touchstone of service to her fellowman; an admirable patriot.
We are poorer without her.

HAZEL BROWN marched against food prices decades ago, when everyone else meekly accepted the cost of living.
Over the years, Mrs. Brown bravely stood up for consumer rights like no one else in our society.
She fought on issues of gender and social justice.
Above all, he fearlessly defended the issues of the working class.
It was a touchstone of service to others; an admirable patriot.
We are poorer without it.

Brown’s colleague Renuka N. Kangal was sad for the news of his death:

Dr. Hazel Brown was an inspiration. She was a catalyst for change, and her work from her to our country, especially towards the upliftment of our women and girls was unprecedented. A national hero in every right. […] She had a quiet yet formidable presence that is awe-inspiring and unforgettable. I have so much respect, such high regard for this woman, and I am deeply saddened to hear of her passing from her.
A great loss for our country.

Dr. Hazel Brown was an inspiration. She was a catalyst for change, and her work in our country, especially for the betterment of our women and girls, was unprecedented. She a full-fledged national heroine. […] He had a silent yet formidable presence that is impressive and unforgettable. I have great respect, great esteem for this woman, and I am deeply saddened by the news of her passing.
A great loss for our country.

Safeeya Mohammed added:

Saying goodbye to this visionary, this legend will certainly be difficult. […] The voice that led the charge for the recognition of Women’s Rights, Women’s Empowerment and Food Security in this country, in ALL spheres! […]

Your fierceness, your voice, your words, your stories, your actions will forever be ingrained in our DNA.

Saying goodbye to this visionary, this legend, will certainly be difficult. […] The voice that led the recognition of women’s rights, women’s empowerment and food security in this country, in ALL arenas! […]

Your fierceness, your voice, your words, your stories and your actions will be forever engraved in our DNA.

Activist Jason Jones remembered Brown as a “legendary feminist activist”:

She was one of the pioneering voices of the Women’s liberation movement in the Caribbean and fought tirelessly for Women’s equality & liberation from misogyny & patriarchy.

She was one of the pioneering voices of the women’s liberation movement in the Caribbean and tirelessly fought for the equality of women and their liberation from misogyny and patriarchy.

Meanwhile, the Office of the President of Trinidad and Tobago remembered In 2011, Brown was honored with the Gold Medal for the Development of Women for her dedicated efforts in advancing women’s rights in the country.

The Emancipation Support Committee of Trinidad and Tobago (ESCTT) remembered Brown’s path. Born on January 31, 1942 in Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, he grew up in a family very involved in community work and who believed in the positive changes that activism could bring. His high school education, first at Bishop Anstey High School in Port of Spain and later at the Convento de San José in the southern city of San Fernando, fostered this spark within him.

She got married at the age of 20 and raised her family, but her desire to make the world a better place was not limited to her efforts at home. She joined the Housewives Association of Trinidad and Tobago (HATT), created in 1971 with the aim of raising awareness of consumer rights. Three years later, her work would lead to the creation of the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards, the statutory body responsible for the quality of goods and services. HATT’s breastfeeding promotion and education also led to the creation of the Breastfeeding Information Service (TIBS) in 1977, now called Trinidad and Tobago Breastfeeding Association..

My mother (now deceased) was one of the founding members of HATT (Association of Housewives of TT). Rest in peace, Hazel Brown.

In 1971, again dedicated to consumer rights, Brown co-founded the Telephone Users Group, through which many customers across the country participated in hearings on utility rates, bringing about more equitable changes in water structures and electricity. Brown’s desire to make a difference brought her into the political arena. In 1976, she ran as an independent candidate for the East Port of Spain seat, where she was born, but she was not elected.

However, her heart was in activism. Throughout her life, she defended the marginalized, from finding ways for HIV-positive women to support themselves, to announcing the benefits of solar cookers as an affordable, ecological alternative for households, to defending the adoption of a national gender policy. She believed in sustainable development and the ability of NGOs to bring about change on the ground. In 2017, the University of the West Indies awarded Brown an honorary doctorate for her tireless work in women’s development, consumer rights and poverty eradication.

Dr. Gabrielle Hosein, a colleague of Brown’s at the University, tried to process everything she felt in a heartfelt facebook post:

Hazel Brown was a gift to the Caribbean and the world. She was a world changer. […] Her analysis and advocacy was intersectional before the term became popular, because she was aghast at injustice of any kind. She was unapologetically for the rights and empowerment of women and girls, domestic workers, low-income consumers, breast-feeding mothers, women in local government, housewives, and so many more. She was a pan-Africanist even as she consistently organized against the alienating tide of racial stereotyping and division. […]

With her goes a feminist era in which she lived and which she helped define. Today, the world isn’t the same. […] I cannot imagine her, even gone from this life, without her boots on. […]

May we continue to fight in her name, with her spirit and with the sense of power she wanted us to know was ours. Then, I think, her indomitable spirit may agree to rest in peace.

Hazel Brown was a gift to the Caribbean and the world. She was a person who changed the world. […] His analysis and defense were intersectional before the term became popular, because he was horrified by all injustice. She unabashedly championed the rights and empowerment of women and girls, domestic workers, low-income consumers, nursing mothers, women in local government, housewives and so many others. She was a pan-Africanist, even as she systematically organized against the alienating tide of stereotypes and racial division. […]

With her goes a feminist era in which she lived and that she helped define. Today, the world is not the same. […] I can’t imagine her, still gone from this life, without her boots on. […]

That we continue to fight in his name, with his spirit and with the sense of power he wanted us to know was ours. Then, I think, his indomitable spirit will be able to agree to rest in peace.



We would like to thank the writer of this write-up for this incredible web content

“We are poorer without her”: Hazel Brown, human rights defender in Trinidad and Tobago, dies


You can view our social media profiles here as well as additional related pages here.https://orifs.com/related-pages/