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Win-Win Building Back Better

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The UN Women Caribbean Office will be hosting a Webinar Series entitled “Win-Win: Building Back Better” in Jamaica in June 2021.

WEPS Forum 2021 - Reaffirming The Commitment to an Equal Future

Monday, June 7, 2021

Over 40 international experts in gender and business - including YELLO Media Group, ICD Group and Jamaican Women in Coffee (JaWiC) - along with entrepreneurs, CEOs and government leaders in Latin America and the Caribbean will converge on June 9th and 10th, from 2 pm to 6 pm (GTM-3) t o speak a t the “WEPs Forum 2021: Reaffirming the Commitment to an Equal Future”.

Making fiscal space for public investment in childcare

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Unpaid care work – care for children and the elderly and domestic work - which historically has been disproportionately shouldered by women, has significantly increased with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unpaid care – care of children, the elderly and sick underpins our national economies, greater investment needed

Friday, May 28, 2021

Bridgetown, Barbados, 27th May 2021:- As countries develop COVID-19 recovery strategies, investments in infrastructure must include the care economy, including measures to reduce and redistribute unpaid care work. Childcare, elder care and care of the sick is as crucial to a functioning economy as any road, electric grid or building. If workers, many of whom are women, drop out of the paid economy because of their unpaid care work responsibilities, the entire economy is negatively impacted. ...

Lower labour force participation and agricultural sector impacts exposes women to greater climate change and disaster shocks

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Lack of data and gender analysis makes it hard to identify the separate needs and vulnerabilities of women, girls, men and boys. The completion of recent studies looking at the gender inequality of risk in several Caribbean countries including Saint Vincent and the Grenadines whose La Soufriére volcano is in an eruptive stage, has been described as timely.

Statement: Girls In ICT Day 2021

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Across the Caribbean, there are millions of girls who could right now be learning from home – if only they were connected. On International Girls in ICT Day, we encourage governments not to leave these girls behind.

United Nations launches $29 million appeal for St. Vincent and the Grenadines and other affected countries as volcano eruption continues

Friday, April 23, 2021

The United Nations has launched a $29.2 million global funding appeal to help those affected by the eruptions of the La Soufrière volcano in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and other impacted countries during what has been described as the country’s “midnight hour of need”.

Statement on Gender Based Violence (GBV) and 2021 Spotlight Work Plan

Friday, April 23, 2021

April 16, 2021, KINGSTON - The Spotlight Initiative has approved a 2021 work plan aimed at addressing the scourge of family and gender-based violence (GBV) in Jamaica and operationalizing the goals and objectives outlined in Jamaica’s National Strategic Action Plan to Address Gender Based Violence. The Programme is being implemented at a time of widespread crime and violence against women and girls continue to affect families and communities and hinder progress towards the SDGs. Around...

UN Allocates USD$1M To Support Immediate Relief In Saint Vincent And The Grenadines

Friday, April 16, 2021

As the United Nations, Barbados, and the Eastern Caribbean continues to upscale humanitarian support for the Government and People of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, in response to ongoing eruptions and ashfall from the La Soufrière Volcano, funding of US$1M has been allocated to relief efforts through the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

High Level Dialogue between the Government of Dominica and the United Nations Sub-Regional Team for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

On March 25, 2021 the Government of Dominica engaged in a high level Dialogue with the United Nations Sub-Regional Team for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, to provide a roadmap for a more upscaled partnership and better tailored support to meet the priority needs of the Government and people of Dominica.

International Women’s Day Marked by the Jamaica Stock Exchange and Partners

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Hon Olivia Grange, MP, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Jamaica The Hon. Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, rang the Bell at the Jamaica Stock Exchange to signal the Opening of the Market on March 8, 2021, as a part of the UN Women/IDB/Flow Bell Ringing Ceremony to bring attention to gender equality. This year’s Women’s Day celebration which was celebrated under the theme “Choose to Challenge”, and the UN Women...

UN Women and The UWI Launch The Alison Anderson Mclean Internship

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Alison Anderson McLean Kingston, Jamaica: March 12, 2021 : UN Women and The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus formally launched the “Alison Anderson McLean Internship” offering on-the-job training opportunities with UN Women Multi-Country Office (MCO) – Caribbean for students from the Department of Government in the Faculty of Social Sciences. The Internship commemorates the life and service of the former UN Women Representative, the late Alison Anderson McLean...

417 UDC Craft Traders Receive EnGenDER Support

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Grants issued to women craft traders at all UDC Craft markets to reduce the impact of natural disasters on vulnerable persons.   Photo: UDC/Jamaica   Kingston, Jamaica – February 16, 2021: A total of 417 women craft traders at the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) Craft markets across Jamaica have received grants from the COVID-19 response initiative under the Enabling, Gender Responsive Disaster Recovery, Climate and Environmental Resilience (EnGenDER) Project....

Corporate Planning With A Gender Lens: Private Sector Companies Receive Training In Developing Gender Action Plans

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

More than 20 Private Sector companies and Civil Society organizations (CSOs) benefitted from a workshop - under the “Win-Win: Gender Equality means Good Business” Programme - to support more effective and targeted corporate planning to create a more enabling business environment in Jamaica that harnesses the capacities (or contributions) of women and men equally to build back better in the wake of COVID-19.

The UN Women’s multi-hazard approach to disaster risk resilience in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Monday, March 8, 2021

As we continue to operate in a COVID-19 environment, the UN Women Multi-Country Office (MCO) in the Caribbean is playing an integral role in strengthening gender-responsive disaster resilience across the region.

Building Independence: Teaching Young Women How To Reclaim Their Power In Trinidad and Tobago

Monday, March 8, 2021

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...

UN Women Representative presents credentials to Barbados’ Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Providing psycho-social support to women who make up the majority of frontline workers in health and the businesses that are still open (like supermarkets and smaller shops) and responding to the needs of men who now find themselves without work in the COVID-19 impacted industries like tourism, were among the discussion points when UN Women MCO Caribbean Representative Tonni Brodber held her official virtual call with Barbados’ Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the...

Building a Coordinated Caribbean Position for CSW65

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Hosted by CARICOM and UN Women MCO Caribbean, Ministers with responsibility for Gender Affairs, Parliamentarians, heads of the National Gender Machineries, representatives of civil society and academia begun meeting to define a coordinated position on Caribbean needs and priorities to feed into the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

UN Women Empowers 25 Single Mothers in Saint Lucia during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Friday, February 5, 2021

COVID-19, like a thief in the night has robbed society of all semblance of normalcy and left in its trail, a severely weakened global economy, with devastating repercussions for all persons, irrespective of gender, age, race, or social status. One of the groups most acutely affected by the ongoing pandemic is Single Mothers, particularly those who were already affected by poverty and other forms of vulnerability prior to the pandemic.

Measuring domestic and unpaid care work: Recognising women’s total contribution to work and economies

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

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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