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
- Gender equality and women’s empowerment (13)
- Social protection (4)
- Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (4)
- COVID-19 (3)
- Ending violence against women and girls (2)
- Crisis response and recovery (1)
- Disaster risk reduction (1)
- Humanitarian action (1)
- Youth (1)
- 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (1)
- HIV and AIDS (1)
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 31, 2020
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.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
“Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” provides a comprehensive and authoritative assessment of progress, gaps and challenges in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a gender perspective. The report monitors global and regional trends in achieving the SDGs for women and girls based on available data, and provides practical guidance for the implementation of gender-responsive policies and accountability processes.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
We are currently at a key moment when the international community and the governments are defining the development framework which will come after 2015, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established at the Rio+20 Summit. The post 2015 development agenda tries to achieve a greater convergence between the sustainability and poverty agendas, and to consolidate and amplify the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in the context of new challenges and scenarios. UN Women is promoting the empowerment of women and girls and the protection of their rights as a central part of this new development framework. It calls for the incorporation of a stand-alone goal to guarantee the achievement of gender equality, women’s rights and the empowerment of women, as well as the mainstreaming of the gender equality perspective into the other goals of the new development framework.
Monday, September 30, 2013
The Caribbean Joint Statement on Gender Equality and the Post 2015 and SIDS Agenda represents Caribbean voices and expectations in the emerging Post 2015 and SIDS global agendas as it relates to gender equality.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Synthese du Rapport national d'application / Path to Equality a synthesis of the national periodic report to the Commission on the application of the CEDAW convention
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
This popular education document is adapted from CEDAW Made Easy and it's primary objective is to create an improved understanding of the convention and its appropriation by both women and men
Saturday, January 1, 2011
UN Women Caribbean office is excited to be able to re-launch “Gender Dialogue”. An initiative which started at ECLAC, we thank our sister agency for its permission to UN Women to take over the title. This publication is intended as a forum for generating discussion
Thursday, April 17, 2008
This research project builds on past studies showing that women's responsibility for child-care is closely linked to the vulnerability of their households to poverty. Seeking to have this responsibility shared more equally, many women turn to the courts and public assistance programmes.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
This paper is result of a study that was commissioned by UNIFEM-Caribbean Office, the Barbados National HIV/AIDS Commission, and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in March-June 2006. The objective was to produce a background paper that would assist UNIFEM and its partners to “better understand and therefore address how gender and sexuality are related to risk and vulnerability” in the Caribbean.
Thursday, December 1, 2005
For the better part of the 1990s, Caribbean women's organizations, national machineries for women, the courts and the police have been engaged in dialogue and action to ensure protection and justice for victims of violence against women. A combination of public education, advocacy, the extension of services and law reform has led to changes in cultural attitudes.