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Jamaica’s “Gender Equality means Good Business Programme” Launched – A Win-Win for Women, Business and National Development

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Jamaica has been encouraged to work to realise the vision of a Prosperous Inclusive and Enabling society, that enables women to have an equal opportunity for a share of the “Economic PIE”. More

Crisis update: Restoring dignity and livelihoods after storms in the Caribbean

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Nearly a year ago, catastrophic hurricanes devastated the Caribbean. After Hurricane Irma, almost the entire population of Barbuda, a small island in the eastern Caribbean, was driven to its twin island of Antigua. In Dominica, Hurricane Maria wiped out crops, equipment and infrastructure. In efforts to ensure that women both benefit from, and lend their expertise to the humanitarian response in the Caribbean, UN Women has been working with partners in the immediate aftermath of the storms and beyond. 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

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

Friday, February 3, 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

Jamaica Ratifies Domestic Workers Decent Work Convention

Thursday, September 22, 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

Thursday, September 22, 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

UN Women announces Anne Hathaway as Goodwill Ambassador

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

UN Women today announced the appointment of American award-winning actor Anne Hathaway as global Goodwill Ambassador. A long-standing supporter of women’s and girls’ rights, Ms. Hathaway will put the spotlight on the issue of the unequal burden of care work in the home as one of the key barriers to gender equality, working internationally to advance the adoption and implementation of policies that will bring measurable change. These include affordable childcare services and shared parental leave at both government and corporate levels. More

UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment holds inaugural meeting

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The inaugural meeting of the first-ever High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment kicked off today during the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Operating under the aegis of the UN Secretary-General, it intends to put women’s economic empowerment at the top of the international agenda, including by defining actions to speed up progress under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A global consultation will take place during the continuation of the meeting on 16 March. 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

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

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

Progress Report presented to Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Social Transformation

Friday, May 8, 2015

As part of continued advocacy efforts around the recent launch of the UN Women flagship publication Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights”, UN Women Regional Advisor Economic Empowerment – Elizabeth Villagomez Morales presented a copy to the Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Social Transformation, the Honourable Samantha Marshall. More

New report from UN Women unveils far-reaching policy agenda to transform economies and make gender equality a reality

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

UN Women launched its flagship report “Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights” which highlights how economies have failed to guarantee women's empowerment and the full exercise of their economic and social rights, in rich countries and poor countries. More

Engendering Economic Security and Poverty Reduction

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Building on the lessons learned from its pilot work with rural women small farmers and decent work interventions with Caribbean domestic workers, the MCO Caribbean is broadening its partnerships to address the economic vulnerability of poor rural women-headed households. More

Executive Director Statement for International Day for Rural Women 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Today, on the International Day of Rural Women, let us all, individuals, governments and the United Nations system, commit to recognize the contributions and rights of rural women, including their rights to land and resources. More

Partnerships with Caribbean Women Towards Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods

Friday, September 12, 2014

With the continued impacts of climate change and economic crises, research tells us that it has become ever more critical to increase women’s empowerment. Gender equality and women’s empowerment have a multiplier effect for all of society - accelerated national and local economic growth, poverty reduction and improved food security for communities and families. More

Protecting their crops through green technologies, Caribbean women fend for themselves

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Often totally dependent on rainfall for irrigation, battling increasingly longer droughts and intense bursts when the rain does come, Caribbean women farmers are looking to more sustainable means of crop production. More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the outcome of the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women

Saturday, March 22, 2014

UN Women welcomes the outcome of the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The agreement represents a milestone toward a transformative global development agenda that puts the empowerment of women and girls at its centre. More

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