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UN Women Multi-Country Office - Caribbean and the United Nations System for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean hosted its annual event to light UN House Orange – a powerful visual symbol to spotlight one of the most egregious human rights violations – violence against women and girls
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This Call for Small Grants seeks to engage on social accountability for legislation and the conduct of service providers to specific at risk groups, including at-risk youth and network building among CSOs to support social justice activism on GBV and Family Violence
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Phylicia Alexander Lavia is the Foundress & Executive Director of Red Root SVG, a nonprofit in her home country of Saint Vincent & the Grenadines. Phylicia is a gender-based violence survivor and activist who advocates for the empowerment & support of underserved women, LGBTQ+ communities & children.
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The graduates will form a cadre of trainers and resource persons for the successful rolling out and implementation of the Foundations Programme in Guyana. The trainers will facilitate sessions with adolescent girls and young women using the Foundation curriculum. Through this approach, youths from schools and faith based organisations in Regions 1, 4 and 6 are expected to be reached by the end of 2022.
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The Barbados Limegrove Lifestyle Centre and Altman Real Estate welcomed the opportunity to partner with UN Women and WFP to recognise the 16 Days of Activism. The colour orange represents a brighter future, free from violence against women and girls, and is a unifying theme running through all the global activities of the #UNiTE Campaign.
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On her inaugural mission to the Caribbean, UN Women Regional Director for the Americas and Caribbean Maria Noel Vaeza, accompanied by the Representative - UN Women Multi-Country Office–Caribbean, Tonni Brodber, met with Governments and development partners in Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. The Caribbean mission was focused on sharing on UN Women’s new 4-year strategic plan, particularly strategies towards building forward from COVID-19 in a gender-responsive way.
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The Spotlight Initiative thematic focus in the Caribbean is the reduction in prevalence and incidence of family violence. Family violence includes physical, social, sexual, economic and psychological/emotional abuse and acts of aggression within relationships that are considered as family connections or akin to family. The definition is guided by the domestic violence legislation across the region and the Initiative will take a non-discriminatory approach in advancing a comprehensive approach for all regardless of social status, location, identity or sexual orientation.
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UN Women Caribbean Regional Spotlight Initiative Small Grant Advertisement on Responding to the impact of family violence on survivors and groups facing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination/marginalisation in the Caribbean
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The UN Women Multi-Country Office (MCO) Caribbean is seeking to partner with a Civil Society Organizations (CSO) to train and mentor/support champions, particularly faith-based leaders, for their visible advocacy role on Family Violence at the national level and working with other CSOs at community level
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Set among the tall palms and lush vegetation of Barbados’ South Coast, United Nations House, is illuminated in an orange glow.
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COVID-19 is contracting our economic spaces, it is making childcare responsibilities multiply unequally. UN Women MCO Caribbean Representative (a.i.) Tonni Brodber explained that this could exacerbate risk factors for intimate partner violence.
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As Eastern Caribbean governments work to build back better in the wake of COVID-19, the United Nations and the European Union continue to scale up efforts to foster gender equality and respond to family violence through the launch of a USD$12.7M Spotlight Regional Caribbean Programme. This is part of the EUR 500 million with which the European Union is financing the Spotlight Initiative in all continents.
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Approaching this year’s International Women’s Day, UN Women, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and CARICOM have joined forces to better understand how women experience intimate violence with a view to reducing and eliminating this scourge in the Caribbean. The three organisations launched national prevalence surveys on gender-based violence for five Caribbean countries in Bridgetown, Barbados.
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Caption Text Georgetown, Guyana : 1 in every 2 women in Guyana has or will experience Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in their lifetime. The first comprehensive national survey on gender-based violence in Guyana revealed that more than half (55%) of all women experienced at least one form of violence.  More than one in ten have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from a male partner in the past 12 months. The Guyana Women’s Health and Life Experiences Survey (WHLES)...
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In line with the SDGs this year’s theme for the global campaign is “Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls”.
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“Domestic violence is not inevitable. Despite the scale of the problem, it is not normal. It is never acceptable and … it is always preventable,” said Professor Adele Jones, Director of the None in Three (Ni3) Project.
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The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and UN Women have signed an agreement to support a common approach to measuring Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the Caribbean. Although GBV, in particular violence against women and girls, affects much of the Region, many countries do not generate or have access to comprehensive data on the frequency, nature and response to this issue.
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Violence is the most egregious form of discrimination society can perpetuate. Sexual violence is at no time a matter to be treated lightly – not as part of a rumour mill, not as a casual aside, and never for the sake of jokes and amusement.
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The inaugural Step It Up Film Festival to End Violence Against Women and Girls came to a close at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination as a standing room only audience viewed four films by female filmmakers on issues including domestic violence and parental abuse.
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Representative UN Women Multi-Country Office – Caribbean Christine Arab launching the Step it Up Film Festival. UN Women/Kurt Haynes 25 November 2015, Bridgetown, Barbados : The medium of film is a powerful way of taking us inside other people’s lives, forging an emotional bond between us and those on the screen, and we virtually try to direct an ending where the characters come out the winners. In that same vein, the Step It Up to End Violence Against Women and Girls Film...