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In recognition of the important role of the Victim and Witness Support Unit (VWSU) of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service as service providers for critical case management and psycho-social support for survivors of gender-based violence, the Spotlight Initiative team has contributed critical ICT equipment worth nearly 70 000 USD to strengthen the capacity of the Unit.
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Roslyn Williams-George is a climate change activist in Trinidad and Tobago and president of the Cashew Gardens Community Council. Roslyn speaks out on the climate crisis in Trinidad and Tobago and how women are taking the reins of waste management in her community.
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On the eve of the 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, 54 young women participated in a simulated all women parliamentary sitting through the support of The Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago and the European Union-United Nations Spotlight Initiative.
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UN Women’s Small Grants are designed to support institutional strengthening and capacity-building, especially for smaller organisations. This call specifically supports CSOs working in the area of family violence, especially responding to the needs of women and children survivors as well those who face discrimination or marginalisation. Expressions of interest that focus on intersectional issues are highly encouraged.
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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 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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UN Women Multi-Country Office (MCO) Caribbean is seeking to partner with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Grenada, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago, to provide technical and financial assistance on social accountability for women's rights groups. Groups that lead on shadow reporting processes will be prioritized.
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Global leaders united today to call for bold, unapologetic, and concrete progress towards gender equality at the official opening of the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico City. Mexico’s President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, officially opened the Forum alongside President of France, Emmanuel Macron, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, and convener of the Forum, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women. They were joined by youth activist Elvira Pablo and civil society leader Sharon Bhagwan Rolls, representing youth and civil society groups who are partners in designing and co-creating the Forum, as well as by Olga Sanchez Cordero, Secretary of the Interior of Mexico, and Marcelo Ebrard, Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Mexico.
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Justice Lisa Ramsumair-Hinds, a judge in Trinidad and Tobago, is a champion for gender-sensitive adjudication, raising awareness and sharing her knowledge around the world. She talks about how support at home and mentorship from other judges played a crucial role in her success.
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The UN Women Multi-Country Office (MCO) Caribbean under Pillar 6 is seeking to partner with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Grenada, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago, to provide technical and financial assistance on social accountability for women's rights groups. Groups that lead on shadow reporting processes will be prioritized.
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A restorative space, the St. Jude’s Home for Girls has long served as a refuge for girls within the state care system in Trinidad and Tobago. The Home houses mainly adolescent girls who have either been appointed by the Family Court due to disputes at home ranging from sexual abuse to being “beyond control.” Some of the girls are on remand with pending court matters. Many have had to stop schooling and receive counselling for trauma, depression and other related...
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Spotlight Trinidad and Tobago - Call for Proposal (CFP 002) For Civil Society Organisations - CSOs
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Under the EU UN Spotlight Initiative, UN Women invites Call for Proposal (CFP) for Implementing Partners - (For Civil Society Organizations- CSOs) Development and Implementation of a Social Accountability Strategy for Monitoring of the National Strategic Action Plan for the Elimination of Gender-Based Violence (NSAP-GBV) in TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO. Proposals must be received by UN Women not later than 11:59 pm (EST) on 12th July 2020
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UN Women plans to award small grants to eligible Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Grenada, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago to receive grants in order to contribute to the objectives of the Spotlight Initiative objectives to prevent family violence.
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During a four-country visit in the Caribbean region from 18 to 23 May, the UN Women Executive Board discussed measures to improve court processes to assist survivors of gender-based violence; observed initiatives at work to identify and mitigate the gendered risks of natural disasters; and emphasized their support towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
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Building on the culture of the Caribbean, UN Women Multi-Country Office – Caribbean is partnering with Trinidad and Tobago carnival band – THE LOST TRIBE, to celebrate UN Women’s 10 years of existence and raise awareness about gender equality. Serendipitously UN Women will celebrate its 10th anniversary the same year that the Beijing Platform for Action celebrates its 25th anniversary. In...
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Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago :  The Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago launched a signal publication for ensuring gender justice – The Gender Equality Protocol for Judicial Officers. Trinidad and Tobago is the first of 5 Caribbean countries to complete the process.  Launched during the  # 16Days  of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence, the Protocol prioritises issues related to ending violence against women and girls and gender-based violence. UN Women MCO...
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An important violence prevention programme is underway for young people in Trinidad and Tobago. It is the UN Women “Foundations Programme - Strengthening Prevention Approaches to Addressing Gender-Based Violence in the Caribbean” for young women and men - 13 to 24 years of age.