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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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While leaders and the business community discuss when and how to open economies, it is critical that we think about the impact this will have on families, parents and those who care for the elderly. The work that happens inside the home, cooking, cleaning, care of children, and care of the elderly is called care-work. Although some families benefit from the support of domestic workers, most of the work done is unpaid or underpaid.
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When compared to other regions, the number of CARICOM cases have been few, but are increasing. It will be necessary to develop and implement programmes and policies that will support inclusive socio-economic stability while efforts are made to contain the spread of the virus.
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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.
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From 2016 to 2018, five CARICOM Member States conducted National Prevalence Surveys on Gender-based Violence. This report examines the processes used to collect data in the region, highlights the key takeaways from survey implementation, captures context-specific experiences in collecting data on VAWG and presents the key lessons learned from the countries’ experiences. Funded by UN Women, UNDP, USAID, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Caribbean Development Bank, the surveys...
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The overall aim of this research was to contribute contextual information to the Women’s Health and Life Experiences Survey (WHLES) to explain the “why” and “how” of Guyanese women’s experiences of violence in their relationships.
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The Guyana Women’s Health and Life Experiences Survey 2018 is the first report to provide a comprehensive examination of the nature and prevalence of violence against women and girls in Guyana.
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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have presented countries with the challenge of producing estimates for a range of indicators that many of them have not, to date, been producing. UN Women is committed to supporting the CARICOM region in: (A) Adapting for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) context, a survey methodology to measure unpaid care work in line with SDG indicator 5.4.1; and (B) Developing an accompanying methodology for a qualitative component.   This report represents...
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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have presented countries with the challenge of producing estimates for a range of indicators that many of them have not, to date, been producing.
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Agenda 2030’s commitment to “leave no one behind” requires an ambitious and highly disaggregated data collection effort by every government and multilateral entity.
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The CARICOM GEI framework originates from the “Minimum Set of Gender Indicators,” developed by the UN and ratified in 2013.
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For women and men to benefit equitably from economic growth, there must be recognition of the disparities between them, and robust evidence-based policies to eradicate any inequalities.
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This report explores women’s and men’s position in the labour force in six Caribbean Community (CARICOM)1 Member States (Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago) and provides insight into progress made with regard to achieving gender equality in the world of work. The findings of a policy and statistical analysis reveal that structural barriers remain to women experiencing equality in this sphere, despite notable progress in educational attainment. An...
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The annual report documents UN Women’s work to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality around the world. It highlights some of the organization’s initiatives during the year and provides summary financial statements, a list of new programmes and projects, and contact information.
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In most countries, parliamentary debate on and approval of the national budget is required. This makes parliamentarians critical actors in ensuring that budget allocations and expenditures are undertaken in a transparent, accountable and fair manner. Gender responsive budgeting (GRB), is a strategy to achieve gender equality, by ensuring that interventions required to eliminate inequalities between women and men and boys and girls are adequately financed.
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The National Women’s Health Survey for Trinidad and Tobago survey analysis reveals that in the 15 to 64-year-old age bracket, over 100,000 women in Trinidad and Tobago have experienced one or more acts of physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by male partners; approximately 11,000 are likely to still be in abusive relationships.
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While the quality of administrative data on violence  against women has vastly improved over the past few decades, data has never been available on the prevalence of violence against women in Trinidad and Tobago. After reviewing various models of assessing the prevalence of gender-based violence, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women(UN Women), CARICOM statistical experts and the CARICOM Council of Ministers of Human and Social Development agreed to...
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Designed for young people aged 13 to 24, The Foundations Programme is a programme aimed at the prevention of Gender-Based Violence (GBV).
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This Booklet is designed to provide you with a snapshot view of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and to raise awareness of the rights to which women are entitled under the Convention so that you can use it to bring about concrete improvements in the lives of Caribbean women.
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With UN Women support, Suriname has released its first NATIONAL REPORT on the SITUATION ANALYSIS OF WOMEN AND MEN IN SURINAME. For a Government to assess how women and men are faring in the country and to better understand the impact and shaping of policies, it is essential that there is the gender equality analysis of socio-economic data and that such analysis is disseminated on a systematic basis.