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Press Release: UN Secretary-General - Remarks on International Mother Earth Day

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

On this International Mother Earth Day, all eyes are on the COVID-19 pandemic – the biggest test the world has faced since the Second World War. We must work together to save lives, ease suffering and lessen the shattering economic and social consequences.

The Spotlight Initiative: Small Grant Applications

Thursday, April 16, 2020

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.

From where I stand: “I am fearful for smaller countries that have limited resources during COVID-19”

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Ryancia Henry is originally from Antigua and Barbuda, she moved four months ago to Montecito, California, to take up the position of Director of Housekeeping, managing a team of 60 people, at a hotel that has now closed because of the COVID-19 outbreak. With international travel disrupted, and movement restrictions within the United States of America, Ryancia is among millions of workers in the hospitality industry considering what the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic will be on her, her staff, her family and her friends.

COVID-19: Women front and centre

Friday, March 20, 2020

In a statement, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka calls on governments to recognize both the enormity of the contribution women make and the precarity of so many in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the job and open for business: The United Nations in solidarity with the Caribbean on COVID-19

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

As each individual and every country confronts coronavirus (COVID-19) and works to contain its impact, the United Nations System in the Caribbean confirms its readiness to support the people and governments of the region right to the end of this public health emergency.

Member States agree to fully implement the Beijing Declaration on gender equality, addressing gaps that hold women back

Monday, March 9, 2020

The Political Declaration adopted today is the outcome of the 64thCommission on the Status of Women, taking stock of women’s rights on the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

Spotlight Initiative to end violence against women and girls launched in Grenada

Friday, March 6, 2020

In commemoration of International Women’s Day, which will be officially observed on March 8, the Government of Grenada, the European Union and the United Nations today partnered to launch in Grenada the Spotlight Initiative.

Ahead of International Women´s Day, new UN Women report warns that progress towards gender equality is lagging and hard-fought gains are under threat

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Aligned with 2020 theme, “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”, the Report issues call to action to achieve gender equality and justice for this generation, 25 years after the Beijing Platform for Action.

UN Women, CDB and CARICOM launch national surveys on gender-based violence

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Approaching this year’s International Women’s Day, UN Women, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and CARICOM have joined forces to better understand how women experience intimate violence with a view to reducing and eliminating this scourge in the Caribbean. The three organisations launched national prevalence surveys on gender-based violence for five Caribbean countries in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Caribbean and Latin American countries at XIV Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean approve the Santiago Commitment to accelerate actions to realise gender equality.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Caribbean and Latin American countries participating in the XIV Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean have approved the Santiago Commitment to accelerate actions to realise gender equality.

Sexual Harassment affects both women and men and can incur significant social and economic costs in the Jamaican Workplace

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Kingston, Jamaica December 12, 2019: UN Women National Private Sector Specialist for the Win-Win: Gender Equality Means Good Business Programme in Jamaica, Dr. Denise Chevannes-Vogel, has underscored the fact that although the majority of victims are women, sexual harassment is experienced by both women and men and is perpetrated regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. “It is unwanted and unwelcome and can result in significant social and economic costs in the Jamaican...

Generation Equality stands against Rape!

Monday, December 2, 2019

In the Latin America and the Caribbean region, 1.1 million adolescent girls ages 15 to 19 have experienced sexual violence or have been forced into a sexual act, and at least 1 out of 3 women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence at some point in her life. Rape has a devastating impact on the lives of women. It has an impact on their health and well-being and limits their fundamental rights, as well as their life opportunities.

Statement by UN Women on World AIDS Day, 1 December

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The contribution of women and girls, particularly those living with HIV, is indispensable in the HIV response at the community level. Women and girls provide critical care for family and community members living with HIV, and help ensure they start and stay on treatment.

UN Women Multi-Country Office Caribbean Representative M. Alison McLean statement re: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – 25 November

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Work on preventing and ending violence against women at the global, regional and national levels shows that there is widespread impunity for sexual violence and rape. UN Women-supported research conducted here in the Caribbean in the past two years reinforced that violence against women and girls (VAWG) including rape is so entrenched and normalised that both men and women have a high tolerance for its manifestations.

1 in every 2 women in Guyana will experience Intimate Partner Violence

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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)...

UN Women Executive Director kicks off the UNiTE campaign to end gender-based violence during the UN Trust Fund to end Violence Against Women grantee Convention

Monday, November 4, 2019

At the first ever grantee Convention of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), UN Women today kicked off its annual activities for the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE by 2030 to end Violence against Women campaign in support of the 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

Women in CARICOM are not experiencing their right to decent work to the same extent as men

Monday, November 4, 2019

Unpaid care work is one of the main reasons, women remain outside of the labour force and their lower levels of economic activity. Also, despite significant achievements in education, structural barriers to gender equality and women’s empowerment persist in the labour market.

Feminist Organising: Strengthening a Movement - A perspective from the Pacific Small Island States

Friday, September 13, 2019

The Pacific women’s movement works hard and demonstrates sustainability, strength and growth. This interview highlights some of the lessons learned that can serve as an example and encouragement for feminist and women-led movements in the Caribbean and across the globe .   Facing down the climate change crisis has forced women’s organisations in the Pacific to recognise their areas of common interest, and to push past siloed approaches to re-define and reclaim...

UN Women statement on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Friday, August 2, 2019

UN Women joins all indigenous peoples everywhere, especially indigenous women and girls, in commemorating the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This year’s theme of “Indigenous Languages” challenges us to ensure that indigenous women and girls have a voice—quite literally—in the diverse political, civil, social, economic and cultural spaces that they occupy.

Minimising gender and climate-related risks

Monday, July 22, 2019

Resilience is not the only way to address the impacts of climate change. It is also about changing the development practices that have led to the increased rate in climate change we are witnessing and experiencing.

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