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This Gender and Climate Change Resilience Series is an analysis of the gender inequality of climate change and disaster risks in nine Caribbean countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname – that are the beneficiaries of the Enabling Gender-Responsive Disaster Recovery, Climate and Environmental Resilience in the Caribbean (EnGenDER) Project
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This Status of Women and Men Report focuses on coping mechanisms adopted by men and women in response to large- and small-scale, sudden and slow-onset, frequent and infrequent, and natural or man-made hazards. The report profiles the Caribbean to provide insights into areas of vulnerability, climate change and disaster risk reduction methods adopted in the region.
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To ascertain the possible gender and social protection implications of the pandemic, UN Women together with the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Local Government and Empowerment of Saint Lucia embarked on a study entitled, “The Impact of COVID-19 on Women in Saint Lucia: A rapid appraisal of the situation of frontline workers, small entrepreneurs, pre-school teachers and hospitality workers”.
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Gender-Responsive Resilience Building in the Caribbean: Understanding the role of knowledge, attitudes, behaviours, and practices in coordination mechanisms for climate change and disaster risk reduction
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The extent of the socio-economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has begun to shape the “new normal” for CARICOM Member States. A 1.5% contraction of Gross Domestic Product has already been estimated by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC, 2020). While governments balance this “new normal,” there is also an ‘above-average’ forecast for the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which takes place from June 1 to November 30.
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Crisis management or emergency situations such as COVID-19 can have serious impacts on the lives of women and girls, if gender dimensions are not considered. Issues such as care work, economic autonomy, physical or sexual violence, women's participation in decision-making, disaggregation of data by sex, gender analysis, and irregular migration are just some of the areas of concern that must be part of an effective response to the health crisis that the world is going through right now.