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Increasing Women’s Leadership and Voice in Health and National Decision Making

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

On this International Women’s Day and one week before the start of the 60th Commission on the Status of Women, which will focus on implementation of the SDGs, the SDGs and Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development established the centrality of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) and the imperative to ‘leave no one behind’. Women and girls can play a vital leadership role in promoting community participation and must be sought out as active partners in community development and national growth, including in the fight against Zika. More

Message by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on International Women's Day, 8 March 2016

Friday, March 4, 2016

This year’s celebration of International Women’s Day is the first within the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are confidently asserted in that Agenda as intrinsic to progress. In her 2016 message, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says: “Each one of us is needed—in our countries, communities, organizations, governments and in the United Nations—to ensure decisive, visible and measurable actions are taken under the banner: Planet 50-50: Step It Up for Gender Equality.” More

Caribbean Gender Advocates

Thursday, February 18, 2016

How can we in our communities transform attitudes and behaviours which perpetuate the root causes of gender-based discrimination that are reinforcing unequal relations of power between women and men? More

"Agenda 2030 is anything but business as usual" – Executive Director

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Opening remarks by UN Women Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the UN Women Executive Board First Regular Session of 2016 on 9 February in New York. More

Antigua and Barbuda Consultation on CEDAW reporting and implementation for state partners

Thursday, February 4, 2016

UN Women and the Directorate of Gender Affairs in Antigua and Barbuda recently supported consultations on CEDAW reporting and implementation for state partners and members of civil society organisations. More

Ahead of CSW, Latin American and Caribbean countries prioritize gender equality goal

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ministers, officials and authorities of national women’s machineries from Latin America and the Caribbean met from 26–28 January in Santiago, Chile, calling for full implementation of the commitments to gender equality and the empowerment of women within the Sustainable Development Goals. More

The UNiTE Campaign in 2016: Gearing up for action

Sunday, January 24, 2016

BACKGROUND Throughout 2015, the UNiTE campaign advocated, organized and mobilized its constituencies to keep violence against women at the top of national and global agendas. It highlighted key developments, engaged diverse communities, and focused its global advocacy on ensuring that violence against women and girls was prioritized in the global development agenda. A new global development agenda, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted in September 2015. It was accepted by... More

UN announces first-ever High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Eminent experts to highlight the interactions between economic growth and gender to galvanize political will and leadership to implement the Sustainable Development Goals. More

UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality awards USD 7.3 million for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality has expanded it's global grant-making portfolio to 80 Countries in six years, More

Film festival wins hearts and minds to end violence against women and girls

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The inaugural Step It Up Film Festival to End Violence Against Women and Girls came to a close at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination as a standing room only audience viewed four films by female filmmakers on issues including domestic violence and parental abuse. More

16 Days of Activism Caribbean Calendar of Events

Friday, November 27, 2015

Orange The World: Step It Up To End Violence Against Women And Girls More

UN launches regional flagship programme to eradicate child marriage

Friday, November 27, 2015

On the occasion of the beginning of the 16 days of activism and the commemoration of November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the regional offices of UN Women, UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNICEF and the Pan American Health Organization, presented a flagship program for the eradication of child marriage. More

Step It Up to End Violence From Policy to Action

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Representative UN Women Multi-Country Office – Caribbean Christine Arab launching the Step it Up Film Festival. UN Women/Kurt Haynes 25 November 2015, Bridgetown, Barbados : The medium of film is a powerful way of taking us inside other people’s lives, forging an emotional bond between us and those on the screen, and we virtually try to direct an ending where the characters come out the winners. In that same vein, the Step It Up to End Violence Against Women and Girls Film... More

Spotlighting prevention, “Orange the World” kicks off global efforts to end violence against women and girls

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

From parades to soccer matches, school debates, and the lighting up of hundreds of iconic monuments, starting tomorrow a United Nations call to “Orange the World” will galvanize global action calling for an end to violence against women and girls, which affects one in three worldwide. More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Friday, November 20, 2015

In her statement to mark this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says “if we all work together: governments, civil society organizations, the UN system, businesses, schools, and individuals mobilizing through new solidarity movements, we will eventually achieve a more equal world—a Planet 50-50—where women and girls can and will live free from violence”. More

The Jamaica Rwanda South South Dialogue

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Birthed from a desire to reunite their country which had been torn apart by civil war, the women of Rwanda began the journey of reconciliation. It was this early commitment to work together which they attribute to the country leading the world in women’s representation in Parliament. More

Let’s Step it Up to End Violence against Women and Girls!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

UN Women MCO Caribbean is partnering with Population Services Inc. (PSI), Trinidad and Tobago and IGDS: Nita Barrow Unit, UWI Cave Hill to host a film festival in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. More

UN Women ED visits with CARICOM Permanent Representatives to the United Nations

Monday, November 9, 2015

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Director of the Programme Division, Maria Noel Vaeza and UN Women MCO Caribbean Representative Christine Arab recently met with the CARICOM Permanent Representatives to the United Nations and Permanent Mission More

Jamaica - Rwanda South South Exchange

Monday, November 9, 2015

In the Caribbean, women are often described as the foot soldiers of the political parties, yet despite a consistently strong showing as voters, their voice and needs are not always reflected; and their presence in elected and appointed decision-making positions remains limited. More

Women making it happen in the recovery from Tropical Storm Erika

Monday, November 9, 2015

Women are making a significant contribution in Dominica’s rebuilding process following the devastating and tragic impact of Tropical Storm Erika. Half of the shelter managers in Dominica are women and more than 64% of those volunteering with the Red Cross are women. More

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