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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.
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The Barbados Limegrove Lifestyle Centre and Altman Real Estate welcomed the opportunity to partner with UN Women and WFP to recognise the 16 Days of Activism. The colour orange represents a brighter future, free from violence against women and girls, and is a unifying theme running through all the global activities of the #UNiTE Campaign.
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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.
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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).
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The Spotlight Initiative thematic focus in the Caribbean is the reduction in prevalence and incidence of family violence. Family violence includes physical, social, sexual, economic and psychological/emotional abuse and acts of aggression within relationships that are considered as family connections or akin to family. The definition is guided by the domestic violence legislation across the region and the Initiative will take a non-discriminatory approach in advancing a comprehensive approach for all regardless of social status, location, identity or sexual orientation.
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UN Women Caribbean Regional Spotlight Initiative Small Grant Advertisement on Responding to the impact of family violence on survivors and groups facing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination/marginalisation in the Caribbean
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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.
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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...
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Set among the tall palms and lush vegetation of Barbados’ South Coast, United Nations House, is illuminated in an orange glow.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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‘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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To support the women farmers during this crisis, UN Women has re-oriented its project, which initially intended to establish a seed bank to guard against future disasters. The project will now temporarily pivot to connect farmers to new outlets and market opportunities.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Nearly a year ago, catastrophic hurricanes devastated the Caribbean. After Hurricane Irma, almost the entire population of Barbuda, a small island in the eastern Caribbean, was driven to its twin island of Antigua. In Dominica, Hurricane Maria wiped out crops, equipment and infrastructure. In efforts to ensure that women both benefit from, and lend their expertise to the humanitarian response in the Caribbean, UN Women has been working with partners in the immediate aftermath of the storms and beyond.
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Six months on, since the Category 5 hurricane battered the small island nation, UN Women assessment shows what women want is assistance to get back on their feet and back to work, not handouts.
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In line with the SDGs this year’s theme for the global campaign is “Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls”.