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UWI alumnus honoured by University of London

Published:Tuesday | August 28, 2018 | 12:08 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer
Cheryl Brown

By her own admission, attorney Cheryl Brown cried non-stop for three days upon hearing that she was to be featured among the 150 women to be honoured by the University of London throughout this year.

Brown, who earned the Bachelor of Law degree (LLB) at the London-based university in 1998, is being honoured for her contribution to the legal profession in Jamaica as well as her work with UNESCO on bioethics as the university marks the 150th anniversary of the acceptance of women as students at the institution.

According to Brown, those tears were for her late parents, her father, especially, who would have been extremely proud at the honour bestowed upon her by the third-oldest university in London.

"He was 93 when he died, and he was one of the brightest people I ever met. He had nothing but daughters. We were poor as hell, but he made sure that all of us were well educated," said Brown, who will, in September, travel to London to attend a Global Launch of Women in Education function, one of several activities during the celebratory year.




"I am very thrilled to be honoured by the University of London in this way and to be among such people as the first female in the House of Commons, the Virginia Woolf, etc. It is one of the most welcomed achievements," Brown added.

The mother of two daughters served a total of 14 years monitoring and advising on bioethics at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, first as a member of the Inter-Governmental Bio-ethics Committee (IGBC), then on the Bureau of that , and eventually, on the International Bioethics Committee (IBC), on which she was specially invited to serve.

A past student of St Hugh's High School, Brown holds several degrees and diplomas from the University of the West Indies (UWI), including the Bachelor of Arts in French, the Diploma in Education, the Diploma in Management Studies, the Certificate of Legal Education, and the Master of Philosophy. She was also a member of the university staff for 22 years.

In acknowledging the honour, the UWI, which is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its founding in 2018, described Brown as an outstanding alumnus and former staff member who not only shows her Pelican Pride, but is an inspiration to other graduates as well as current students.

Now over 60 years old, and having achieved most of what she set out to, Brown, also a former teacher, said she has a burning desire to write novels.

"I have always wanted to write and think there are more than two to three books inside me. I already have the title for the first one 'Table for one'," she intimated.