This event included a virtual MOU signing between UN Women Multi Country Office (MCO) - Caribbean and Portland Private Equity with a view of facilitating cooperation to increase Innovative Financing Options for Gender Equality in the Caribbean region and enhancing capacities across the private sector and governments to ensure women owned or led businesses have access to capital to develop and scale their businesses.
On her inaugural mission to the Caribbean, UN Women Regional Director for the Americas and Caribbean Maria Noel Vaeza, accompanied by the Representative - UN Women Multi-Country Office–Caribbean, Tonni Brodber, met with Governments and development partners in Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. The Caribbean mission was focused on sharing on UN Women’s new 4-year strategic plan, particularly strategies towards building forward from COVID-19 in a gender-responsive way.
At the 15th session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD15), heads of state and government, senior UN officials, leaders of intergovernmental organizations, top trade experts, prominent development principals and thinkers from around the world will share their vision of the solutions required, including the role of trade, in forging a more inclusive and sustainable way forward (3 - 7 Oct 2021).
UN Women will host the first all-Black, all-women global selling exhibition and auction titled “A Force for Change”, with proceeds benefiting Black women across the world and the participating artists. The exhibition will be open to the public in New York City from 27 to 31 July 2021, with an online auction hosted on Artsy from 16 to 30 July 2021, closing at 2pm EDT.
Global leaders united today to call for bold, unapologetic, and concrete progress towards gender equality at the official opening of the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico City. Mexico’s President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, officially opened the Forum alongside President of France, Emmanuel Macron, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, and convener of the Forum, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women. They were joined by youth activist Elvira Pablo and civil society leader Sharon Bhagwan Rolls, representing youth and civil society groups who are partners in designing and co-creating the Forum, as well as by Olga Sanchez Cordero, Secretary of the Interior of Mexico, and Marcelo Ebrard, Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Mexico.
Against the backdrop of a global pandemic, world leaders issued today a strong pledge for women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life and the elimination of violence at the closing of the 65th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65), as the countdown for the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico (29 - 31 March) begins.
UN Women is intensifying its preparations for the 2021 Generation Equality Forum amidst a back-drop that shows women’s rights and leadership are under threat, and even more exacerbated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Current projections show that gender equality in the highest positions of power will not be reached for another 130 years. This year’s International Women’s Day rings the alarm on rising threats to gender equality and highlights the need to build back better for a more gender-equal future.
More than twenty (20) Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) benefitted from a workshop with local and international experts on the importance of collecting administrative data to tackle Violence Against Women And Girls (VAWG) and building back a more equal Jamaica in the wake of COVID-19.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
As the pandemic is moving beyond a global health crisis and morphing into a labour market, social and economic crisis, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and European Commission Head of Service for Foreign Policy Instruments Hilde Hardeman, and International Labour Organization (ILO) Deputy Director-General for Policy Deborah Greenfield today convened Ministers, CEOs, and business associations, trade unions, civil society and academia representatives at the High-Level Roundtable, “The G7’s role in ensuring women's economic empowerment and security in the post-COVID future”.