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What are the laws that exist across the Caribbean that condone and foster gender-based violence (GBV)? Though most Caribbean countries have existing laws on domestic and sexual violence, there is a restrictive understanding and definition of GBV that facilitate inequitable gender norms.
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The Barbados Limegrove Lifestyle Centre and Altman Real Estate welcomed the opportunity to partner with UN Women and WFP to recognise the 16 Days of Activism. The colour orange represents a brighter future, free from violence against women and girls, and is a unifying theme running through all the global activities of the #UNiTE Campaign.
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It will take an all of society approach to prevent, reduce and eliminate gender-based violence. How can you get involved? Click on this story to see actions being undertaken by UN Women Multi-Country Office Caribbean and our partners across the Caribbean.
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In the Caribbean and around the world more people are at home due to the impacts of COVID-19 lockdowns and/or the subsequent unemployment, as a result care work responsibility in the home has multiplied. In the absence of measurement, women’s total contribution to social and economic development is not being captured.
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COVID-19 is contracting our economic spaces, it is making childcare responsibilities multiply unequally. UN Women MCO Caribbean Representative (a.i.) Tonni Brodber explained that this could exacerbate risk factors for intimate partner violence.
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The Ministry of Home Affairs, Justice and National Security, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Cooperatives, the Ministry of Health and Wellness as well as the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) are now better equipped to respond to the needs of communities across Saint Lucia in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The United Nations and Government of Japan through the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) today launched a regional USD6.2M programme. Set to benefit over 162,000 people in the Caribbean, the focus is on reaching the most vulnerable - particularly women and marginalized youth who continue to be disproportionately affected by economic, social and environmental challenges.
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Today, the Government of Saint Lucia received USD 100,000 from the Enabling, Gender-Responsive Disaster Recovery, Climate and Environmental Resilience in the Caribbean (EnGenDER) Project to fund a COVID-19 Response Initiative.
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The Government of Canada through its “Enabling, Gender - Responsive Disaster Recovery, Climate and Environmental Resilience in the Caribbean (EnGenDER)” Project has committed USD$1,149,000 towards efforts to tackle Gender Based Violence (GBV) and COVID-19 in nine participating Caribbean countries including Belize.  USD$100,000 has been allocated to Belize and will be used to enhance and expand the capacity of the Belize Social Protection System (BOOST) by creating virtual safe...
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The Government of Canada through its “Enabling, Gender - Responsive Disaster Recovery, Climate and Environmental Resilience in the Caribbean (EnGenDER)” Project has committed USD 1,149,000 towards efforts to tackle Gender Based Violence (GBV) during the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis in 9 participating Caribbean countries including Suriname. This support is targeted to vulnerable groups (mostly women and children) who are more at risk of violence during the pandemic given...
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Every country in the world has been touched by COVID-19. This unprecedented health-related crisis “has exposed the fragility of our societies to global shocks such as diseases or the climate crisis,” according to the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, António Guterres. Countries of the Eastern Caribbean, like many other Small Island Developing States, are especially vulnerable to the social and economic impacts of the crisis that is affecting all segments of the population.
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Over the years, UNIFEM/UN Women has had the benefit of partnership with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) in the Caribbean on such a range of issues - trade, green economy, political participation, governance.
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The Parliament of Barbados joined with the UN Women Multi-Country Office - Caribbean to host an awareness and advocacy exhibit in the West Wing of Parliament for the 16 Days of Activism under the ambit of the UN Secretary-General's UNiTE to End Violence Against Women and Girls Campaign.
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WAR volunteers, Desiree and Shacool went to the Christian Faith School to raise student’s awareness on the UNiTE orange day campaign, “Safe School for Girls”.
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The YWCA Barbados Chapter reiterated their call for a specialised unit in the Royal Barbados Police Force to deal with domestic violence during the recently held Walk A Mile in Her Shoes advocacy and awareness event through the main street of capital Bridgetown.
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UNiTE artist Michael “Mikey” Mercer recently presented a generous donation in support of the shelter for victims of gender based violence in his native Barbados.
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Caribbean artists are continuing in their efforts to focus the spotlight on ending violence against women and girls.As part of their commitment to the UNiTE campaign, the Caribbean UNiTE Artistes agreed that during national and regional festivals they would seek to highlight the campaign during the high publicity events in which the majority of the populace participates.
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UNiTE Ambassador and Barbadian Soca Artist Michael Mercer launched an advocacy and fundraising appeal for the local shelter for victims of domestic violence.
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Flagship report from the UN’s new organization for women recognizes progress, but calls on governments to take urgent action to end the injustices that keep women poorer and less powerful than men in every country in the world.
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The Caribbean launch of the United Nations Secretary-General's Unite to End Violence Against Women Campaign concluded with calls to strengthen the administration of justice