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Women in St. Lucia will benefit from a social protection project, funded by Global Affairs Canada, that will boost women’s economic resilience by tackling the barriers that exacerbate their vulnerabilities to achieving economic empowerment. Co-led by UN Women and UNFPA, in partnership with the Government of St. Lucia, the Build Back Equal project was launched today at the Bay Gardens Inn to provide sustainable opportunities for women’s economic growth that will contribute to COVID-19 recovery.
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This event included a virtual MOU signing between UN Women Multi Country Office (MCO) - Caribbean and Portland Private Equity with a view of facilitating cooperation to increase Innovative Financing Options for Gender Equality in the Caribbean region and enhancing capacities across the private sector and governments to ensure women owned or led businesses have access to capital to develop and scale their businesses.
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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 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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The Parliament of Barbados joined with the UN Women Multi-Country Office - Caribbean to host an awareness and advocacy exhibit in the West Wing of Parliament for the 16 Days of Activism under the ambit of the UN Secretary-General's UNiTE to End Violence Against Women and Girls Campaign.
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The YWCA Barbados Chapter reiterated their call for a specialised unit in the Royal Barbados Police Force to deal with domestic violence during the recently held Walk A Mile in Her Shoes advocacy and awareness event through the main street of capital Bridgetown.
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UNiTE artist Michael “Mikey” Mercer recently presented a generous donation in support of the shelter for victims of gender based violence in his native Barbados.
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UNiTE Ambassador and Barbadian Soca Artist Michael Mercer launched an advocacy and fundraising appeal for the local shelter for victims of domestic violence.
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The Caribbean launch of the United Nations Secretary-General's Unite to End Violence Against Women Campaign concluded with calls to strengthen the administration of justice
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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