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Women in St. Lucia will benefit from a social protection project, funded by Global Affairs Canada, that will boost women’s economic resilience by tackling the barriers that exacerbate their vulnerabilities to achieving economic empowerment. Co-led by UN Women and UNFPA, in partnership with the Government of St. Lucia, the Build Back Equal project was launched today at the Bay Gardens Inn to provide sustainable opportunities for women’s economic growth that will contribute to COVID-19 recovery.
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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 the eve of the 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, 54 young women participated in a simulated all women parliamentary sitting through the support of The Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago and the European Union-United Nations Spotlight Initiative.
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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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Under the Regional Spotlight Initiative, the UN Women Multi Country Office – Caribbean is advertising this Call for Proposals (CFP) to partner with an academic institution with an established degree programme on gender and/or social statistics.
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In the Caribbean and around the world more people are at home due to the impacts of COVID-19 lockdowns and/or the subsequent unemployment, as a result care work responsibility in the home has multiplied. In the absence of measurement, women’s total contribution to social and economic development is not being captured.
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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 UNDP’s newly launched COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker shows the social protection and jobs response to the pandemic has largely overlooked women’s needs.
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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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The promotion of women in leadership positions, the gender pay gap - which can reach 30% on average -, social responsibility to support women in communities and the role of companies to eliminate violence against women are some of the issues that are beginning to come increasingly into the pattern of discussions of important companies and institutions in the public and private sectors.
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Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced that the government, due to its commitment to empower women economically has signed the instrument of ratification of ILO Convention C 189 (also known as the Domestic Workers Convention) according to an official statement from the Office of the Prime Minister.
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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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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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Marking the 2012 observance of International Human Rights Day, Caribbean domestic workers pressed for official recognition of domestic work as valid work alongside other categories of work. A milestone they hope to achieve by the time another international day wends around - International Women’s Day in March 2013 - if not sooner.
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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.