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. More
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Women are the majority of clerks, service workers and shop and market sales workers, and professionals. While skilled professionals can work from home where feasible, the rest of these women are severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis: the women working in tourism and in non-essential services are not earning a wage, with women working in tourism out of a job for an unknown amount of time.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
This report outlines a number of recommendations including: enabling the availability of low-cost options for internet access to improve the livelihood potential of the most vulnerable in society and reduce inequalities due to moving to online learning by broadening access to the internet for children in poverty; inclusion of informal workers into the formal economy through the National Insurance Scheme which in the long term will increase the number of contributions and significantly improve the health of the National Insurance Fund; expansion of the Central Bank of Barbados’ Credit Guarantee scheme; ensuring social assistance for all who need it, including making unemployment benefits for self-employed individuals permanent to reduce their vulnerability in times of uncertainty and increasing the attractiveness of the entrepreneurship sector which serves as the engine for economic growth; and increasing the limit on the Health Service Levy to expand healthcare facilities and make contributions progressive.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
The HEAT assessment reports are a series of publications from the United Nations Sub-Regional Team in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean which form part of the combined offer from the UN system to support countries in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Coordinated by the United Nations Development Programme, UNICEF and UN Women, the new HEAT report series will cover 8 Eastern Caribbean islands, providing deep insights, strategic recommendations and a framework to promote relief and resilience.
Sunday, May 17, 2020
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.
Friday, May 15, 2020
It is important to note that survivors of gender-based violence need support and even more so due to COVID-19 now that they are possibly isolated in an unsafe environment. Therefore, gender-based violence shelters should remain open for the safety and protection of survivors and mechanisms to strengthen the capacity of individuals and organizations serving domestic violence survivors and their children should be in place.