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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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This inaugural issue of the Caribbean Regional Spotlight Initiative Newsletter highlights foundational elements established so far to ensure the success of the regional programme.
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Six months on, since the Category 5 hurricane battered the small island nation, UN Women assessment shows what women want is assistance to get back on their feet and back to work, not handouts.
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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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Highlighting social issues through the performing arts allows performance artists to express problems and negative behaviours in a way that their audiences can feel how these problems touch them personally.
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Orange The World: Step It Up To End Violence Against Women And Girls
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United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences, as well as Commissioner Tracy Robinson, in her capacity as Rapporteur on the Rights of Women of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, jointly conducted a study visit to four English-speaking Caribbean countries
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As a preventive strategy to reduce the prevalence of violence against women and societal violence overall in a region with one of the highest rates of rape in the world*, UN Women’s Caribbean Office and its partners have developed a community intervention programme for boys aged 13-16.
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Psychologist and Social Worker, Alex P. Vega, consultant to the UN Women 'Partnership for Peace Community Intervention Programme', noted that at the root of gender-based violence is anger, impulse control, and power and control issues and this all ties in with how men have been socialised about manhood.
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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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Fifteen (15) Caribbean performing artists from the First Nations/indigenous people of Belize, Guyana and Suriname recently committed to extending the reach of the UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign through their various forms of artistic expression.