Sistren Theatre Collective (Sistren) began in 1977 as an Independent Cultural organization of working class women who employed popular theatre techniques in their exploration and analysis of the social, political and legal condition and status of Jamaican women. Focussing particularly on poor black women, Sistren uses personal testimonies as a critique of a system, which discriminated against women on the basis of gender, class and colour.
Since its inception, Sistren has had some success in confronting Jamaican society on issues of, for example, domestic violence, sexual violence, poverty, and teenage pregnancy, and encouraging drama-in-education techniquesand other participatory methodologies for the development of grassroots cultural expression. Today, Sistren Theatre Collective operates a multi-faceted popular education programme that aims at analyzing the situation of women in Jamaica, increasing the awareness of gender issues, building regional networks, encouraging grassroots cultural expressions, and equipping other grassroots agencies to effectively campaign for social change.
Currently Sisten is focused upon a three year Organisational Capacity-Building for Gender Justice Project which emphasizes: networking and capacity-building among associated NGOs and CBOs, direct gender justice programming, and research and information-sharing.