- Age: 27
- Trinidad and Tobago
Ro-Ann Mohammed is passionate about centering the realities of the most vulnerable.
Ro-Ann is originally from Trinidad and Tobago and currently lives in Barbados. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of the West Indies and is pursuing a Bachelor of Laws degree at The University of London. As a Director of SHE — Sexuality, Health & Empowerment, she is responsible for all administrative and start-up tasks, in addition to programming, communication, and community and resource mobilization in efforts to be effective in fulfilling our organization’s mission of LBTQ advocacy.
Since becoming a Young Leader, Ro-Ann is proud she organized and executed Barbados’ first Pride Parade in July 2018, despite threats of violence and harsh resistance. She also led a group of queer women to protest an anti-LGBTQIA+ march in the city, which ended in a mini-pride parade, a win considering that queer women are always made invisible in Caribbean LGBTQIA+ narratives. Additionally, Ro-Ann founded SHE — Sexuality, Health & Empowerment, the only group dedicated to advocacy and research on behalf of specifically Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer women and Transgender people in Barbados. As an advocate, she was chosen to be a President Obama Young Leaders of America Initiative Fellow, which allowed her to create visibility around the work that LGBTQIA+ activists within the region do and highlighted the importance of the LGBTQIA+ movement toward equality within the Caribbean.
Ro-Ann was inspired to become an advocate by fierce black, queer, trans, disabled, and other marginalized women because even in the face of oppression and adversity, they show up and fight for us.
In her free time, Ro-Ann enjoys cooking, reading, and dismantling the cis-sexist, heteronormative, white supremacist patriarchy with her circle of fierce feminist loved ones.