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The United Nations and Government of Japan through the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) today launched a regional USD6.2M programme. Set to benefit over 162,000 people in the Caribbean, the focus is on reaching the most vulnerable - particularly women and marginalized youth who continue to be disproportionately affected by economic, social and environmental challenges.
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Unpaid care work is one of the main reasons, women remain outside of the labour force and their lower levels of economic activity. Also, despite significant achievements in education, structural barriers to gender equality and women’s empowerment persist in the labour market.
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Regional Programme Director of the UNIFEM Caribbean Office Ms. Roberta Clarke noted that while both men and women are being harshly affected by the present global decline, a gender analysis of the impacts is required
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Speaking at the installation of the Board of Management for the Barbados YWCA, Roberta Clarke, Regional Programme Director of UNIFEM, lauded the Y's long history of service and social action.