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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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Caption Text Georgetown, Guyana : 1 in every 2 women in Guyana has or will experience Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in their lifetime. The first comprehensive national survey on gender-based violence in Guyana revealed that more than half (55%) of all women experienced at least one form of violence.  More than one in ten have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from a male partner in the past 12 months. The Guyana Women’s Health and Life Experiences Survey (WHLES)...
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Too often there is a misunderstanding that gender responsive governance is governance specific only to women’s rights and needs. UN Women MCO Caribbean, Deputy Representative Tonni Brodber recently facilitated a training session for ParlAmericas’ Anglophone membership on applying gender and intersectionality to parliamentary work.
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Continuing to treat women's rights as matters for the private sphere and therefore ""beyond the reach of the law"" remains the single biggest threat to women's progress.
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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.