Siddier has a passion for people and public service. Over the past 17 years she has creatively combined her passion with practical and theoretical knowledge along with local and international experiences to become a gender and development specialist.
Siddier is both a practitioner and a researcher, whose work has contributed to the development of Jamaica’s National Policy for Gender Equality, drafting of the National Anti-Sexual Harassment Policy and the National Strategic Action Plan to Eliminate Gender-Based Violence in Jamaica. Additionally, her work includes evaluation of government policies and programmes in Jamaica, Egypt and Australia and she was exposed to development programmes in the People’s Republic of China. Alongside her work as a practitioner, Siddier has written several research papers and delivered presentations at local, regional and international conferences in Jamaica, Trinidad, Egypt, St. Lucia, Australia, Nepal and Japan.
Siddier’s passion for people was the main motivation behind her BSc. (Honours) in International Relations/Economics/Gender & Development Studies at the University of the West Indies (UWI). Her MSc. in Governance and Public Policy from the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES, UWI) equipped her in transforming her passion for people into public service. However, discontented by the low impact of policies on the lives the most vulnerable, especially women, Siddier devoted 4.5 years to learning from rural women about their realities of poverty and development. From this learning experience she earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy from the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy at Curtin University in Western Australia. Her major academic awards include the Australian Development Scholarship, Australian Leadership Award, the Programme on Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (PWESCR) Award, UNESCO Research Fellow in Gender Studies and the Dorian Powell Award in Gender Studies.
Her fields of practice are political science and human development with research interests in governance, public policy, women’s development, poverty and rural development.
Whenever Siddier is not consumed with tackling local and global policy and development challenges, she enjoys kite-flying with her daughters – Nesia and Samora – and watching CSI with her husband Andrew. Siddier attributes her personal and professional successes to her faith in God.
One of her favourite quotes is from Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, First Female President of Liberia:
“The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them.”