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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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It will take an all of society approach to prevent, reduce and eliminate gender-based violence. How can you get involved? Click on this story to see actions being undertaken by UN Women Multi-Country Office Caribbean and our partners across the Caribbean.
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The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE Campaign to End Violence against Women will commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November. The International Day and virtual event will kickstart the global mobilization of the 16 Days of Activism campaign – running from 25 November until 10 December – under the theme: “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!”.
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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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From parades to soccer matches, school debates, and the lighting up of hundreds of iconic monuments, starting tomorrow a United Nations call to “Orange the World” will galvanize global action calling for an end to violence against women and girls, which affects one in three worldwide.
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In her statement to mark this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says “if we all work together: governments, civil society organizations, the UN system, businesses, schools, and individuals mobilizing through new solidarity movements, we will eventually achieve a more equal world—a Planet 50-50—where women and girls can and will live free from violence”.
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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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Bridgetown, Barbados : This year's celebration of International Women's Day under the theme, Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it! - represents a unique opportunity to position gender equality and women's empowerment at the heart of the global agenda. This from UN Women Officer-in-charge Gabrielle Henderson as she addressed the UN Women MCO Caribbean IWD Town Hall meeting; Step It Up for Gender Equality - Engaging Men and Boys. ...
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UN Women MCO Caribbean launched a series of dialogues across the CARICOM region on men as partners to realise gender equality in partnership with the Government of Canada. Men were drawn from various disciplines including activists, community and social workers, and they focussed on personal meanings of masculinities, masculinity in Barbadian communitiesand understanding the connection between masculinities, power imbalances and forms of gender injustice.
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Many countries including the Caribbean have created institutions that address gender inequality. Many have passed laws against gender-based discrimination. Many have made domestic violence a crime. There has been some progress in the last 20 years – but it has been slow and uneven. Today, not one single country has achieved gender equality as outlined in the BPfA.
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The Parliament of Barbados joined with the UN Women Multi-Country Office - Caribbean to host an awareness and advocacy exhibit in the West Wing of Parliament for the 16 Days of Activism under the ambit of the UN Secretary-General's UNiTE to End Violence Against Women and Girls Campaign.
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WAR volunteers, Desiree and Shacool went to the Christian Faith School to raise student’s awareness on the UNiTE orange day campaign, “Safe School for Girls”.
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The YWCA Barbados Chapter reiterated their call for a specialised unit in the Royal Barbados Police Force to deal with domestic violence during the recently held Walk A Mile in Her Shoes advocacy and awareness event through the main street of capital Bridgetown.
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UNiTE artist Michael “Mikey” Mercer recently presented a generous donation in support of the shelter for victims of gender based violence in his native Barbados.
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Caribbean artists are continuing in their efforts to focus the spotlight on ending violence against women and girls.As part of their commitment to the UNiTE campaign, the Caribbean UNiTE Artistes agreed that during national and regional festivals they would seek to highlight the campaign during the high publicity events in which the majority of the populace participates.
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UNiTE Ambassador and Barbadian Soca Artist Michael Mercer launched an advocacy and fundraising appeal for the local shelter for victims of domestic violence.
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Forty-five leading artistes from across the Caribbean have been trained as spokespersons for the UNiTE campaign as part of the social communications strategy.
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The Caribbean launch of the United Nations Secretary-General's Unite to End Violence Against Women Campaign concluded with calls to strengthen the administration of justice
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In a message delivered at the Caribbean launch of the UNiTE to End Violence Against Women Campaign, the United Nations Secretary General stressed that everyone must be involved.
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When the UNiTE to End Violence Against Women Campaign is launched in October in the Caribbean, one of the intended outcomes is an agreement on the needed actions to strengthen the legal response for the purpose of justice, protection and prevention.