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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 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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This inaugural issue of the Caribbean Regional Spotlight Initiative Newsletter highlights foundational elements established so far to ensure the success of the regional programme.
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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...
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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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Ryancia Henry is originally from Antigua and Barbuda, she moved four months ago to Montecito, California, to take up the position of Director of Housekeeping, managing a team of 60 people, at a hotel that has now closed because of the COVID-19 outbreak. With international travel disrupted, and movement restrictions within the United States of America, Ryancia is among millions of workers in the hospitality industry considering what the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic will be on her, her staff, her family and her friends.
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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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UN Women Deputy Representative Tonni Brodber addressing the Antigua and Barbuda national consultations on a Regional Gender Equality Strategy for CARICOM and the Beijing Platform for Action. DoGA Photo/Raisa Charles St John’s, Antigua and Barbuda : The first of 15 national consultations on a draft Regional Gender Equality Strategy for CARICOM and the Beijing Platform for Action was recently held in St. John’s Antigua in the Eastern Caribbean; thanks to the ongoing partnership...
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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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As the hurricane season ends in the Caribbean, and three months since Hurricane Irma caused the entire island of Barbuda to evacuate, Farmala Jacobs, Acting Executive Director of the Directorate of Gender Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda says the devastating hurricanes across the Caribbean this year show that we can no longer afford to leave anyone behind, and most certainly not women and girls.
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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”.
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A gender focus in humanitarian crises ensures a more targetted response, taking into account the specific needs of women, men, girls and boys. UN Women in responding to the hurricane impacted Caribbean countries, circulated a gender alert which acts as a guideline for a gender integrated response.
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With the urgent need for hygiene products specifically for women, UN Women and UNFPA joint support meant that these supplies were distributed to women who had been evacuated from Barbuda, on the very same day they arrived in Antigua.
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PRESS RELEASE   Bridgetown, Barbados – September 6, 2017 : The United Nations System is deploying staff and assistance to meet the needs of vulnerable Caribbean citizens in the path of record-breaking Hurricane Irma. Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have unique economic, environmental and social vulnerabilities that are exacerbated in severe natural crises. “Hurricane Irma is an unprecedented threat to the Caribbean. The United Nations is working...
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UN Women MCO-Caribbean is supporting the Ministry of Social Transformation and Human Resource Development in Antigua and Barbuda, with the development of a database of beneficiaries for the country's main cash transfer programme for households living in poverty - the "Board of Guardians" programme.
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Too often there is a misunderstanding that gender responsive governance is governance specific only to women’s rights and needs. UN Women MCO Caribbean, Deputy Representative Tonni Brodber recently facilitated a training session for ParlAmericas’ Anglophone membership on applying gender and intersectionality to parliamentary work.
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UN Women and the Directorate of Gender Affairs in Antigua and Barbuda recently supported consultations on CEDAW reporting and implementation for state partners and members of civil society organisations.
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Orange The World: Step It Up To End Violence Against Women And Girls
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Birthed from a desire to reunite their country which had been torn apart by civil war, the women of Rwanda began the journey of reconciliation. It was this early commitment to work together which they attribute to the country leading the world in women’s representation in Parliament.