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The MCO-Caribbean Team has its new Representative

19 May 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

13 April 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

24 March 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

16 March 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

10 March 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

09 February 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

What would the economy look like if it truly worked for women?

03 February 2017

Latin America and the Caribbean : Women´s economic empowerment is a particularly important issue for Latin America and the Caribbean as the region is currently facing sluggish economic growth. UN Women estimates that closing the gender gaps in labour force participation could increase the region's GDP per capita by 14 per cent  [1] . Notwithstanding the progress made in the last decades, women´s participation in the workforce is still 26 per cent lower than men´s in... More

UN Women and CARICOM sign MOU to advance Gender Equality in the Caribbean

13 January 2017

In an effort to begin 2017 poised to make specific and tangible strides to addressing gender inequality UN Women Multi-Country Office – Caribbean and CARICOM have signed an MOU to promote gender equality throughout the region. More

Counting the Costs of GBV

08 December 2016

It is not enough to tell victims of gender based violence to break their silence and leave, there’s need for mechanisms and systems that fully support the victim taking that step. More

Caribbean Women Break the Silence for #16Days

08 December 2016

This 16 Days of Activism Caribbean women have broken their silence to expose daily experiences of street harassment and sexual violence. Their speaking out loud highlights that violence against women is a lived reality for many of our loved ones and can have life or death consequences. All persons have a responsibility to see that we eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.     Barbados Standing in your own power, truth and dignity as an individual were the... More

Gender Justice Reform and Institutional Strengthening

22 November 2016

UN Women is working to support the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers identify and address the social, economic and cultural circumstances that perpetuate sex and gender-related human rights violations. More

“Together we can begin to bend the curve down” –Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women

21 November 2016

"Together we can begin to bend the curve down and bring the scourge of violence against women and girls to an end." –Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, at the UN commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. More

16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2016

15 November 2016

From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanise action to end violence against women and girls around the world. More

In post-hurricane Haiti, women work together to rebuild

04 November 2016

It’s been a month since Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti, taking the lives of hundreds of people in the South, Grand’Anse and Nippes departments ( districts) and leaving more than 1.4 million in need of humanitarian assistance, but the women and girls in the most affected areas remember it as if it was yesterday. More

Coverage: Executive Director in the Caribbean

01 November 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is in the Caribbean region for the first time this week, making stops in Barbados, followed by Jamaica. A key emphasis of the Executive Director’s visit will be on the importance of human security and safety of women and girls in the region. More

UN Women Executive Director to emphasize human security and safety of women during her visit to the Caribbean

31 October 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will be visiting the Caribbean region for the first time this week, making stops in Barbados, followed by Jamaica. More

UN Women’s relief efforts for women and girls after Hurricane Matthew

27 October 2016

Disasters increase specific risks for women, exacerbating all their existing social, economic and physical vulnerabilities. More

UN Women mobilizes relief efforts to support Haitians

07 October 2016

In immediate response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, UN Women is mobilizing experts and resources to assess the humanitarian needs on the ground. More

Jamaica Ratifies Domestic Workers Decent Work Convention

22 September 2016

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced that the government, due to its commitment to empower women economically has signed the instrument of ratification of ILO Convention C 189 (also known as the Domestic Workers Convention) according to an official statement from the Office of the Prime Minister. More

“We count on parliaments to ratify and implement Convention 189”—Executive Director

22 September 2016

“We count on parliaments to ratify and implement Convention 189”—Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, on the occasion of the announcement by the Government of Jamaica of its ratification of ILO Convention 189 on Domestic Workers, 22 September 2016 More

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