The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence is an international campaign that was started and is led by civil society. In support of this initiative, the UN Secretary General launched the UNiTE campaign in 2008 to call for greater global action to end violence against women. The global theme for this year’s UNiTE campaign is “UNITE! Activism to end violence against women and girls”, calling upon governments and partners to show their solidarity to women’s rights movements and activists and inviting everyone to join the global movement in ‘pushing forward’ against the push back, to end violence against women once and for all. Based on this year’s global theme, the UN Women Multi Country Office (MCO) – Caribbean has established a regional theme: “Honouring Caribbean Grassroots Feminist Movements: Radical Grounding of EVAWG Activism in the Caribbean” to acknowledge that organised feminist movements continue to be one of the most powerful means to reduce violence against women and girls (VAWG). Over the years, the feminist movement in the Caribbean has played a crucial role in holding decision-makers accountable, advocating for women’s rights and ensuring that VAWG prevention and response policies and programs are informed by the needs of women. This year, the MCO is mobilising all partners and stakeholders to intensify the call to end violence against women and girls by leading advocacy campaigns, hosting and participating in events and providing accurate information in a ‘do no harm’ approach.
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Organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), in coordination with UN Women, the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean has welcomed representatives of government, UN and intergovernmental organizations, academia and civil society from the region. Based on this year’s theme, “The care society: Horizon for a sustainable recovery with gender equality”, the UN Women Multi Country Office (MCO) – Caribbean acknowledges the urgent need for a care society that promotes equal division of labour to achieve quality life for all and echos the call for change in a development approach that places the sustainability of life at the centre of policies. The MCO has produced over 7 publications in the context of the Caribbean region that seeks to addresses social protection and economic empowerment, including universal childcare, decent work, and the burden of unpaid care work. Some of the publications are Fiscal Costs of Expanding Early Childhood Development Service in Saint Lucia, Universal Basic Income as a means of Gender-Responsive Social Protection, Making a Case for Investment in Universal Childcare in Barbados and the Summary Status of Women and Men Report – The Impacts of COVID-19.
This year, the UN Women Multi Country Office – Caribbean has produced over 17 publications in the context of the Caribbean region to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. These products focus on topics ranging from Gender Inequality in Climate Change and Disaster Risk Resilience, the impact of COVID-19 on front line workers, Universal childcare and the Status of Women and Men in the context of Innovative Financing and much more. These knowledge products provide cutting-edge research and best practices that can lead to innovations and change across Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
Caribbean Women Count: The Ending Violence against Women and Girls Data Hub is a central repository of knowledge on the prevalence of the different forms of intimate partner violence (IPV) and non-partner sexual violence from five countries (Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago) and barriers to accessing services in CARICOM.
An Interactive Learning Portal for Parliamentarians. This portal is a joint-initiative of ParlAmericas and the UN Women Multi-Country Office - Caribbean. It is designed for self-guided learning and includes resources for in-person trainings. ParlAmericas gratefully acknowledges financial support from the Government of Canada used in developing this portal. The downloadable tools on this portal were developed by the UN Women Multi-Country Office - Caribbean
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