The Office continues to prioritise partnerships with inter-governmental bodies such as the OECS Secretariat and CARICOM – including support to the CARICOM Special Advocate on Gender Justice and its Sub-Programme on Gender and Development - as well as with regional sector-specific institutions such as the Caribbean Court of Justice and the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.
The MCO continues to support high-level government officials and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) from 14 of the CARICOM countries to generate joint advocacy tools including the “Caribbean Joint Statement on Gender Equality and the Post 2015 and SIDS Agenda”. In adopting the Joint Statement, and with the MCO’s support, participants are committed to an advocacy strategy so as to ensure that the “asks” in the Joint Statement are considered by decision-makers within the emerging global processes around Post 2015 and SIDS.
Supporting the revitalisation of regional networks – including men’s networks – and national women’s rights organisations and advocacy is also a strategic priority during this work programme cycle both at national and sub-regional level. In addition, UN Women will also seek to expand its collaboration with the private sector, trade unions, men’s organisations and the media. UN Women will continue to work with the University of West Indies (three campuses) and their Institutes of Gender and Development Studies (IGDS).