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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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Participants in the recently concluded young women’s leadership training programme lauded the training for the tools gained and the supporting network to advance young women’s leadership in the region.
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St. John’s, 12thDecember 2011 – The Caribbean Institute for Women in Leadership (CIWiL) noted that the participation of women leaders in the 2011 General Elections was notably high in St. Lucia, as an unprecedented number stepped forward as contenders.
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The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991.
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Caribbean Women who are already active or aspiring to political or public leadershipare being offered an opportunity to develop and build on their leadership and governance capacities.
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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