This International Women’s Day, 8 March 2023 (IWD 2023) will be observed under the theme: “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality”. This theme is aligned with the priority theme for the upcoming 67th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW-67), “Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”. On that day, UN Women will recognize and celebrate the women and girls who are championing the advancement of transformative technology and digital education. IWD 2023 will explore the impact of the digital gender gap on widening economic and social inequalities. The event will also spotlight the importance of protecting the rights of women and girls in digital spaces and addressing online and ICT-facilitated gender-based violence.
- This year, the sixty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place from 6 to 17 March 2023. Representatives of Members States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world, including the Caribbean are invited to contribute to the session. At CSW67, the following themes will guide the discussions:
- Priority theme: Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls
- Review theme: Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls (agreed conclusions of the sixty-second session)
UN Women Multi Country Office – Caribbean will provide more guidance on the statement from the region in the coming weeks.
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
A Moment of Change
Countries in the Caribbean Basin, many of which are SIDS, face unique economic/fiscal constraints and are among the world’s most at-risk for climate-related disasters. The pandemic exacerbated these challenges, especially for the region’s tourism-dependent economies, with devastating ripple effects on the agriculture sector. Persistent gender inequalities and labour force segregation mean women have been hit hardest, experiencing disproportionate job loss and burdening increased child and eldercare duties, hindering their economic participation.