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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 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 United Nations has launched a $29.2 million global funding appeal to help those affected by the eruptions of the La Soufrière volcano in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and other impacted countries during what has been described as the country’s “midnight hour of need”.
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The promotion of women in leadership positions, the gender pay gap - which can reach 30% on average -, social responsibility to support women in communities and the role of companies to eliminate violence against women are some of the issues that are beginning to come increasingly into the pattern of discussions of important companies and institutions in the public and private sectors.
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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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The drugging, abduction and violent gang rape of a 16-year old girl in Rio, Brazil calls us all to turn the tide of sexual violence against women and girls in Brazil and in every country in the world.
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The UN Women Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean joins the condemnation of the atrocious case of gang rape of a minor girl in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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The UN Women Caribbean Office is pleased to announce that three regional police officers will join 17 international counterparts for a Train the Trainer Course on the United Nations Police Standardised training on prevention and investigation of sexual and gender-based crimes, in Kigali, Rwanda from 18-29 July 2011.
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It is expected that the law enforcement response to gender-based violence reports will be strengthened for several countries as selected officers embark on a two week internship programme with the Ottawa (Canada) Police Services Department.