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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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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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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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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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In a live link up, the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (the Regiment, Coast Guard, Air Guard, Reserves and Specialised Youth Services Programmes) demonstrated their commitment to gender equality through signing onto HeForShe.
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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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UNIFEM (part of UN Women) Caribbean office launched on Tuesday (November 16) a multimedia Share the Care campaign to highlight the importance of shared family responsibilities between fathers and mothers, men and women for child development and gender equality.