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From where I stand: Leaving no one behind in Barbuda

Thursday, December 7, 2017

As the hurricane season ends in the Caribbean, and three months since Hurricane Irma caused the entire island of Barbuda to evacuate, Farmala Jacobs, Acting Executive Director of the Directorate of Gender Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda says the devastating hurricanes across the Caribbean this year show that we can no longer afford to leave anyone behind, and most certainly not women and girls. More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director: Leaving no one out from health

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Every four minutes, three young women become infected with HIV (UNAIDS Right to Health report, 2017). They are clearly not enjoying their right to health, nor will they, until we are able to reverse the inequalities and discrimination that fuel HIV spread. Those whose health and future are currently least prioritized must become our focus, if we are to achieve the changes we seek. More

Orange the World in support of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

Friday, November 24, 2017

In line with the SDGs this year’s theme for the global campaign is “Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls”. More

Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls

Thursday, November 16, 2017

By putting a spotlight on the wide implications and consequences of violence against women and girls within the most marginalised groups, the UNiTE Campaign is advocating leaving no one behind, specifically women and girls that are threatened by or are suffering violence, or have been subjected to it in the past, through the commitment of resources, policies and programmes that focus on reaching the most marginalised communities. More

UN Women statement: International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October

Monday, October 9, 2017

This year, on the International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October, we are focused on how to ‘EmPOWER Girls: Before, during and after crises’. More

UN Women providing gender and humanitarian assistance to women and girls impacted by Hurricane Irma

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A gender focus in humanitarian crises ensures a more targetted response, taking into account the specific needs of women, men, girls and boys. UN Women in responding to the hurricane impacted Caribbean countries, circulated a gender alert which acts as a guideline for a gender integrated response. More

Dignity Kits distribution begins for Barbuda women and girls

Sunday, September 10, 2017

With the urgent need for hygiene products specifically for women, UN Women and UNFPA joint support meant that these supplies were distributed to women who had been evacuated from Barbuda, on the very same day they arrived in Antigua. More

Press Release: United Nations Deploying Aid and Personnel to Irma-affected Caribbean territories

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

PRESS RELEASE   Bridgetown, Barbados – September 6, 2017 : The United Nations System is deploying staff and assistance to meet the needs of vulnerable Caribbean citizens in the path of record-breaking Hurricane Irma. Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have unique economic, environmental and social vulnerabilities that are exacerbated in severe natural crises. “Hurricane Irma is an unprecedented threat to the Caribbean. The United Nations is working... More

Getting to None In Three

Monday, July 31, 2017

“Domestic violence is not inevitable. Despite the scale of the problem, it is not normal. It is never acceptable and … it is always preventable,” said Professor Adele Jones, Director of the None in Three (Ni3) Project. More

Guidelines for Equal Access to Justice

Friday, July 28, 2017

UN Women Deputy Representative Tonni Brodber. Photo: UN Women/Sharon Carter-Burke Guyana, July 2017 : Work has begun on a two-year project towards enhancing access to justice with the Judiciary of Guyana. UN Women Multi-Country Office – Caribbean, the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers (CAJO) and the JURIST-CCJ project which is supported by the Government of Canada Global Affairs are collaborating on this initiative with the Judiciary of Guyana. This project includes... More

CDB and UN Women partner to support data collection on Gender based Violence in the Caribbean

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and UN Women have signed an agreement to support a common approach to measuring Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the Caribbean. Although GBV, in particular violence against women and girls, affects much of the Region, many countries do not generate or have access to comprehensive data on the frequency, nature and response to this issue. More

CDB and UN Agencies partnering to achieve SDGs in the Caribbean

Friday, July 14, 2017

Bridgetown, Barbados : - Partnerships are at the foundation of UN Women’s work on the ground in the Caribbean and are the main vehicle through which UN Women is able to realise a multiplier effect for expanded and improved results for all women and men, girls and boys. More

Gender Equality and Women's Economic Empowerment in Jamaica

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Private sector business managers in Jamaica are leading on UN Women MCO Caribbean efforts to promote gender equality in business. A recent consultation on the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) looked at practical ways in which businesses can use the WEPs to implement gender responsive policies and programmes. Ensuring the inclusion of women’s talents, skills, experience and energies requires intentional actions and deliberate policies. The Women’s... More

Press Release: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka appointed to a second term as Executive Director of UN Women

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres re-appointed Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for a second term as Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women) for a period of four years. More

The MCO-Caribbean Team has its new Representative

Friday, May 19, 2017

It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce the appointment of the new Representative for UN Women MCO-Caribbean Ms. M. Alison McLean. More

LAC South-South Cooperation Leads to Caribbean First Judicial Gender Protocol

Thursday, April 13, 2017

When Barbados reports to the CEDAW Committee within the next year, it will be able to claim of its progress as being first to have a Judiciary Gender Protocol developed for a Caribbean state. More

UNiTE March Orange Day Include Women and Girls With Disabilities in Anti-Violence Efforts

Friday, March 24, 2017

Women and girls with disabilities are at a greater risk of violence and abuse while facing difficulties accessing preventive and protection services than those without. Studies estimate that these women are 1.5 to 10 times more likely to be abused, either physically or sexually, by a family member or caregiver. They may even be up to 4.2 times more likely to have their activities and whereabouts restricted by their intimate partners, and their risk of sexual abuse is at least two... More

New IPU and UN Women map shows women’s representation in politics stagnating

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Bridgetown, Barbados - While Dominica, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago are among the countries in the Caribbean and Americas region where women ministers are nearing or exceeding the gender parity position of 30 per cent of representatives, the number of women in executive government and in parliament worldwide has stagnated. More

Gender Equality Means Business

Friday, March 10, 2017

Several top business leaders demonstrated their commitment to gender equality in an event that signalled the start of a private sector partnership with UN Women MCO Caribbean by signing on to the Women’s Economic Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and the ringing of the opening market bell at the Jamaica Stock Exchange. More

Latin America and the Caribbean commit to empower women at work

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Women's ministers and top gender officials from 23 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean concluded the Regional Consultations prior to the 61st session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) calling for decisive measures to promote women’s economic empowerment. More

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