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Phylicia Alexander Lavia is the Foundress & Executive Director of Red Root SVG, a nonprofit in her home country of Saint Vincent & the Grenadines. Phylicia is a gender-based violence survivor and activist who advocates for the empowerment & support of underserved women, LGBTQ+ communities & children.
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UN Women and UNESCO have embarked on a partnership to strengthen women-and youth owned businesses in the cultural and creative industries in the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa. The programme will also highlight Afro descendant women’s role and contribution to sustainable development through cultural exchanges, knowledge sharing and movement-building.
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UN Women joins all indigenous peoples everywhere, especially indigenous women and girls, in commemorating the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This year’s theme of “Indigenous Languages” challenges us to ensure that indigenous women and girls have a voice—quite literally—in the diverse political, civil, social, economic and cultural spaces that they occupy.
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The 2019 edition of Progress of the World’s Women, to be released on 25 June, is an extensive assessment of the reality of families today, taking into account sweeping economic, demographic, political and social transformation.
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In a statement for International Women's Day, UN Secretary-General António Guterres says: "Gender equality and women’s rights are fundamental to global progress on peace and security, human rights and sustainable development".
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UN Women Multi-Country Office - Caribbean, which covers all of the English and Dutch speaking Caribbean, invites individuals, as well as national and regional women's organisations, civil society organisations and networks of the Caribbean, to submit candidates to be a member of the Caribbean Civil Society Advisory Group during the 2018-2020 period, based on the criteria agreed upon in region wide consultations and included in the annexed Terms of Reference.
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This week, more than 30 specialists from the Caribbean will meet in Jamaica for the first time to discuss two very important topics – gender equality and climate change adaptation planning – and how they intersect.
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Spotlight on rural women and girls during the Commission on the Status of Women, focus on critical issues such as ensuring adequate living standards, food and nutrition security, access to land, technology, education, health, and ending all forms of violence and harmful practices
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This year’s celebration of International Women’s Day is the first within the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are confidently asserted in that Agenda as intrinsic to progress. In her 2016 message, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says: “Each one of us is needed—in our countries, communities, organizations, governments and in the United Nations—to ensure decisive, visible and measurable actions are taken under the banner: Planet 50-50: Step It Up for Gender Equality.”
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How can we in our communities transform attitudes and behaviours which perpetuate the root causes of gender-based discrimination that are reinforcing unequal relations of power between women and men?
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On the occasion of the beginning of the 16 days of activism and the commemoration of November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the regional offices of UN Women, UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNICEF and the Pan American Health Organization, presented a flagship program for the eradication of child marriage.
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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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Building on the lessons learned from its pilot work with rural women small farmers and decent work interventions with Caribbean domestic workers, the MCO Caribbean is broadening its partnerships to address the economic vulnerability of poor rural women-headed households.
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Kingston, Jamaica: The government’s lead agency for gender matters, the Bureau of Women's Affairs (BWA), along with the Dispute Resolution Foundation through the "Way Out Project", with support from the Fund for Gender Equality (FGE), UN WOMEN and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will once again mark the celebration of International Women's Day under the theme, “The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum”.
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Sophia Martelly, première dame de la République d’Haiti était à l’Académie de Police ce mardi 3 avril pour l'inauguration officielle des nouveaux locaux de la Coordination nationale des Affaires féminines et des questions de genre (CNAF) de la PNH à l'occasion de la journée nationale du mouvement des femmes haïtiennes,
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Psychologist and Social Worker, Alex P. Vega, consultant to the UN Women 'Partnership for Peace Community Intervention Programme', noted that at the root of gender-based violence is anger, impulse control, and power and control issues and this all ties in with how men have been socialised about manhood.
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UN initiated gender and child assessments of Country Poverty Assessments of Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis and the British Virgin Islands, the final results of which will be available in a few weeks, will further enrich the evidence base to inform gender and child responsive social policies in the sub region.
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The Caribbean Community Secretariat dovetailed the half-yearly meeting of CARICOM Conference of Heads of Government to launch a variety of creative products that it intends to use in a public education campaign against Gender-Based Violence.
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The UN Women Caribbean Office convened the Regional Advisory Group on Gender and Development meeting on 8-9 December 2011, at UN House, Barbados. In attendance were representatives of the UN system, CARICOM Secretariat, regional women’s organisations, the donor community, the Bureau of Gender Affairs, Barbados and women’s rights activists and scholars.
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To what extent do Caribbean laws ensure gender equality and the empowerment of women? How does society explore and resolve cultural attitudes and values that are inimical to internationally agreed human rights standards?