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As impact of COVID-19 intensifies, UN Women calls for concrete actions to respond to the concurrent shadow pandemic

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Galvanizes partners to fund organizations, respond to survivors’ needs, prevent violence and collect data to build a post-pandemic “new normal” as the 16 days of Activism campaign kicks off

Media Advisory: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November, will call for urgent actions to Fund, Respond, Prevent and Collect data to address gender-based violence in the context of COVID-19

Saturday, November 21, 2020

The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE Campaign to End Violence against Women will commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November. The International Day and virtual event will kickstart the global mobilization of the 16 Days of Activism campaign – running from 25 November until 10 December – under the theme: “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!”.

Migrants Sew Masks for Protection Kits

Friday, November 20, 2020

Port-of-Spain: More than 2,000 face masks sewn by Venezuelan migrants have been purchased by IOM for distribution to vulnerable migrants. IOM purchased over 2,000 face masks from Darbelis Blanco, a seamstress and owner of Cosido con Amor (Sewn with Love). Blanco, who came to Trinidad and Tobago three years ago, employs seven other Venezuelan migrant women. “I feel very happy to be able to do this work because it benefits me financially, of course, but it also benefits seven more...

Press Release - UDC and UN Women: A Partnership for Safety and Resilience

Monday, November 2, 2020

In celebration of World Cities Day, UN Women and the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Jamaica have joined together to make cities and public spaces in Jamaica safer and more resilient. Through a virtual signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which took place on Friday 30 October, both entities have agreed to partner on several initiatives over the next two years that would contribute to an end to sexual harassment and violence in public spaces and promote equitable social, economic and political empowerment.

EnGenDER provides personal protective equipment to the Government of St. Lucia and Community Based Organisations

Friday, October 23, 2020

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.

Regional Joint Programme Launched to Empower Women and Youth in the Agri/Fisheries Small Business Sectors

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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.

As COVID-19 exposes the fault lines of gender equality, a strong focus on violence against women at the UN General Assembly

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

There is a need to mobilise all actors to address gender-based violence in the context of COVID-19, and to FUND women’s organisations and services, RESPOND by strengthening services to survivors, PREVENT by addressing harmful social norms that normalise violence against women and COLLECT data to inform policies and programmes.

COVID-19: Only one in eight countries worldwide have measures in place to protect women against social and economic impacts, new data shows

Monday, September 28, 2020

UN Women and UNDP’s newly launched COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker shows the social protection and jobs response to the pandemic has largely overlooked women’s needs.

Regional Spotlight Programme Launched to Reduce Family Violence Across the Eastern Caribbean

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

As Eastern Caribbean governments work to build back better in the wake of COVID-19, the United Nations and the European Union continue to scale up efforts to foster gender equality and respond to family violence through the launch of a USD$12.7M Spotlight Regional Caribbean Programme. This is part of the EUR 500 million with which the European Union is financing the Spotlight Initiative in all continents.

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Fourth World Conference on Women

Friday, September 4, 2020

On the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for new alliances across generations and sectors to ensure we seize this opportunity for deep, systemic change for women and for the world.

On the 25th anniversary of landmark Beijing Declaration on women’s rights, UN Women calls for accelerating its unfinished business

Friday, September 4, 2020

Urges for delivery on the commitments made in the Beijing Platform for Action

EnGenDER Supports Efforts to Tackle Gender-Based Violence and COVID-19 in Saint Lucia

Thursday, September 3, 2020

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.

Generations of progress for women and girls could be lost to COVID pandemic, UN chief warns

Monday, August 31, 2020

Highlighting the disproportionate and devastating socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on women and girls globally, The UN chief António Guterres called on Monday for a major push to prevent “years, even generations” worth of progress on women’s empowerment, from being lost to the pandemic.

1 in every 3 women in Grenada will experience Intimate Partner Violence

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Grenada’s First National Study on Gender-Based Violence findings included in the new “Caribbean Women Count: The Ending Violence against Women and Girls Data Hub” for GBV prevalence in 5 Caribbean countries.

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Youth Day, 2020: “Youth Engagement for Global Action”

Monday, August 10, 2020

In a statement for International Youth Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlights the immense value of young people who are at the forefront of global action for change, both in responding to the pandemic and in working to address the systemic inequalities it has unearthed.

Press release: UN Women and Inter-American Development Bank urge governments to integrate gender as a catalyst for economic recovery (COVID-19) in the Caribbean

Thursday, July 30, 2020

The UN entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women (UN Women), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), convened High-Level representatives from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for an in-depth  discussion on the urgency of addressing the care economy and the impact on women, who comprise the majority of unpaid care workers.

Government of Canada Supports Efforts to Tackle Gender Based Violence and COVID-19 in Belize

Monday, July 27, 2020

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...

Media advisory: UN gathering to call for a stronger multilateral approach to deliver on the Beijing Platform for Action – the blueprint for advancing gender equality

Friday, July 17, 2020

Member states and observers, civil society organisations, gender equality leaders, CEOs, and heads of academia will gather virtually on 21 July 2020 in a multi-stakeholder hearing to bolster priority actions at the global and national level that will address the challenges that threaten the bold vision of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, twenty-five years after its adoption.

Government of Canada Supports Efforts to Tackle Gender Based Violence and COVID-19 in Suriname

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

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...

Press Release: UN COVID-19 Assessment Recommends a BVI Unemployment Fund

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

‘Expanded income support, the provision of liquidity for small businesses to preserve jobs and the design and implementation of gender responsive social policy’ are three of the recommendations outlined in the new UN Human and Economic Impact AssessmenT (HEAT) Report for the British Virgin Islands.

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