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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.

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.

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)...

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...

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.

Consultation to Shape New Programme on Women's Resilience to Disasters

Friday, July 19, 2019

“Integrating women’s experiences to enhance disaster risk resiliency” Photo: UN Women/Sharon Carter-Burke Wednesday 17 July, 2019 (SUVA, Fiji) – Recognising the strength and innovation of women, and harnessing existing initiatives through lessons learned in the face of a changing climate and in the aftermath of disasters is vital to women’s resilience building. These were some of the key issues highlighted recently at the first global stakeholder consultation...

UN Women Executive Board visits programmes in the Caribbean

Thursday, May 30, 2019

During a four-country visit in the Caribbean region from 18 to 23 May, the UN Women Executive Board discussed measures to improve court processes to assist survivors of gender-based violence; observed initiatives at work to identify and mitigate the gendered risks of natural disasters; and emphasized their support towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

UN Women celebrates its 10th Anniversary through a cultural collaboration with Trinidad and Tobago carnival band – THE LOST TRIBE

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Building on the culture of the Caribbean, UN Women Multi-Country Office – Caribbean is partnering with Trinidad and Tobago carnival band – THE LOST TRIBE, to celebrate UN Women’s 10 years of existence and raise awareness about gender equality. Serendipitously UN Women will celebrate its 10th anniversary the same year that the Beijing Platform for Action celebrates its 25th anniversary. In...

Engendering Climate Change Mitigation and Response - Leaving No one Behind

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Following the devastating 2017 hurricane season in the Caribbean region, there was the strong reminder that women, men, boys and girls are differently impacted during disasters. To this end, UN Women Multi-Country Office – Caribbean has been working to support regional leaders to ensure their climate change planning and disaster risk management is gender-responsive.

Jamaica Private Sector head Endorses Economic Empowerment Programme Promoting Gender Equality In The Workplace

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Mr. Howard Mitchell, President of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), has endorsed and will champion the Win-Win Gender Equality Means Good Business Programme, a major initiative by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women) Multi-Country Office in the Caribbean.

Ring the Bell for Gender Equality – IWD 2019

Thursday, March 21, 2019

8 th March 2019, Kingston, Jamaica : An annual global collaboration across stock exchanges to ‘Ring the Bell for Gender Equality’ saw for the first time, the Jamaica Stock Exchange participating as the sole Caribbean in observance of International Women’s Day 2019. The Win-Win: Gender Equality means Good Business Programme which is a strategic partnership between UN Women, The European Union and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) partnered with the Jamaica Stock...

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