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Women parliamentarians from both chambers and Parties, as well as local government representatives, with technical support from ParlAmericas, UN Women MCO - Caribbean, the Bureau of Gender Affairs in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, and the Houses of Parliament, convened for a historic weekend training retreat
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Supported by OHCHR and UN Women, Bahamian government officials and CSOs benefit from training on Human Rights Treaty Reporting
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Statement by Ms Sima Bahous, UN Women Executive Director for the International Day of the Girl Child
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When you think of Caribbean feminists, of the giants who made it their life’s work to realise a better world in every space that women and girls occupy, Hazel Brown is immediately one of those women you call to mind.
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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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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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On this International Women’s Day and one week before the start of the 60th Commission on the Status of Women, which will focus on implementation of the SDGs, the SDGs and Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development established the centrality of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) and the imperative to ‘leave no one behind’. Women and girls can play a vital leadership role in promoting community participation and must be sought out as active partners in community development and national growth, including in the fight against Zika.
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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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UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Director of the Programme Division, Maria Noel Vaeza and UN Women MCO Caribbean Representative Christine Arab recently met with the CARICOM Permanent Representatives to the United Nations and Permanent Mission
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Under a joint UN programme, UN Women, UNICEF and the OECS Commission are supporting national budget directors and finance officers from the Eastern Caribbean in conducting the gender analysis to design and cost measures, the outcome of which are budgets that are child and gender responsive.
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The Women in Politics Map 2014 launched by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women shows that while progress on women’s political participation continues to be largely positive across the world, glass ceilings remain firmly in place for women at the highest levels.
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In a world where business is still dominated by men, a new coalition in Jamaica is working to open up boardrooms to women and work together to find their leadership potential.
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Participants in the recently concluded young women’s leadership training programme lauded the training for the tools gained and the supporting network to advance young women’s leadership in the region.
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ST.JOHN’S (15 MAY) - The Caribbean Institute for Women in Leadership (CIWIL) is inviting young women (21-30), nationals and residents of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago to submit applications for the first Young Women’s Training Institute
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At a press conference in New York today, UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet called for galvanizing greater commitment and action for women and gender equality, as political and economic upheaval threaten progress on womens rights
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St. John’s, 12thDecember 2011 – The Caribbean Institute for Women in Leadership (CIWiL) noted that the participation of women leaders in the 2011 General Elections was notably high in St. Lucia, as an unprecedented number stepped forward as contenders.
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The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991.
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Women make up less than 10 percent of world leaders. Globally less than one in five members of parliament is a woman. The 30 percent critical mass mark for women’s representation in parliament has been reached or exceeded in only 28 countries.
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Caribbean women parliamentarians are calling for more women to participate in the political process to ensure increased participation in political decision-making and governance and a balanced approach to development.
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Women’s equal participation in politics is a fundamental prerequisite for genuine democracy which not only facilitates women’s direct engagement in public decision-making but ensures that the needs of half of the population are taken in to account through the implementation of equitable and just policies.