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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.

Virtual Courtesy Call UN Women MCO Caribbean Representative and EU Ambassador to Barbados and OECS

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

With their recent appointments as head of UN Women MCO Caribbean and European Union Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean States, UN Women MCO Caribbean Representative Tonni Brodber and Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska held a virtual courtesy call.

As COVID-19 Negatively Impacts the Caribbean Tourism Sector, EnGenDER Provides Economic and Food Support to Workers in the Project Countries

Thursday, December 31, 2020

DOGA Antigua and Barbuda. With a national lockdown of Antigua and Barbuda in response to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, some workers in the tourism sector found themselves without work and income. The country’s borders were closed, which meant no arriving flights or cruise ships with tourists. Tourism is Antigua and Barbuda’s main industry and main revenue generator. Under the Enabling Gender-Responsive Disaster Recovery, Climate and Environmental Resilience in the...

Orange lights take over Latin America and the Caribbean as a call for the elimination of violence against women

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

In response to the UN Secretary-General UNITE Campaign’s call, during the 16 days of Activism, Governments, private sector companies, the UN and development partners in the region have once again shown their solidarity by lighting their buildings orange, demonstrating their commitment to ending gender-based violence.

COVID-19 and GBV - Caribbean resilience to natural and manmade hazards relies on spaces where violence is not used to address problems

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

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.

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...

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.

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.

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...

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...

Tribute to Mary Alison McLean - Representative, UN Women Multi-Country Office for the Caribbean (MCO-Caribbean)

Monday, June 1, 2020

UN Women Multi-Country Office for the Caribbean (MCO-Caribbean) regrets to announce the passing of our Representative, Mrs. M. Alison McLean. Mrs. McLean, a national of Jamaica, served as Representative of MCO-Caribbean from 17 May 2017 to 1 June 2020.

UN Barbados and the OECS Supports Eastern Caribbean Governments in Social Protection Response Amidst Covid-19 Crisis

Thursday, May 21, 2020

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.

Women leaders rise in solidarity to save lives and protect livelihoods

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Supporting the UN Secretary-General’s call for solidarity and urgent action in response to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, an initial group of prominent women today joined a global advocacy effort to save lives and protect livelihoods, urging leaders in all countries, across all sectors, to address the human crisis of the 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.

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.

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