Caribbean Culture, Gender and HIV/AIDS
UN Women, with technical support from the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership (CBMP)’s Live Up Campaign and funding support from UK AID, has developed public education materials which include a poster series and public service advertisements for TV and radio to raise awareness on the importance of gender equality for halting and reversing the HIV epidemic in the Caribbean. Specifically the social communications material seeks to: (i) Speak to men as partners in advancing gender equality in their personal lives; (ii) Empower women as a key to reducing their vulnerability, thereby enabling them to make wise decisions around their sexual health. For further information and/or access to the materials, please contact Sharon Carter-Burke, UN Women Communications Specialist at E-mail: or 1-246-467-6000 [Call: 1-246-467-6000].
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Share the Care
UN Women's Share the Care campaign highlights the importance of shared family responsibilities between fathers and mothers, men and women for child development and gender equality.
The need for such a campaign was reinforced by findings from research undertaken in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago on ‘Child Suport, Gender Equality and the Administration of Justice”.
That study which received funding support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) examined how the courts and social services treated child support matters, highlighted the extent to which the unequal burden of care which women carried was related to poverty of households headed by single women.
The research revealed the extent to which child care is still considered the female realm of responsibility as well as a growing concern for the involvement of fathers in active care-taking whether or not such fathers shared a household with their children.
UN Women embarked on the campaign to promote shared parental care and particular the role of fathers and the contribution such makes to the healthy development of the children as well as the benefits of deeper meaningful involvement for parents.
One of the recommendations which arose from the research was the need to address the culture of care in the Caribbean through the promotion of fathers’ participation in the care of children. This is being done through a multimedia campaign which carries the core message that mothers and fathers should take responsibility and share the care of children equally - giving time, love, and providing money for the children’s various needs, even if the parents are no longer in a relationship.
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UN Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women
The UN Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women was established by General Assembly Resolution 50/166 in 1996 and is managed by UN Women.
The Trust Fund is the only multilateral grant-making mechanism that supports local, national and regional efforts to combat violence. With grants now ranging from $300,000 to $1 million dollars, trust fund projects conduct public education and awareness campaigns, build coalitions, involve law-enforcement, judicial and government agencies, train educators, healthcare personnel and police officials to respond to and prevent violence.
Many projects strive to alter community attitudes and involve men as allies.