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Innovative strategies and partnerships urgently needed to arrest women’s economic slide as a result of COVID-19

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

On her inaugural mission to the Caribbean, UN Women Regional Director for the Americas and Caribbean Maria Noel Vaeza, accompanied by the Representative - UN Women Multi-Country Office–Caribbean, Tonni Brodber, met with Governments and development partners in Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. The Caribbean mission was focused on sharing on UN Women’s new 4-year strategic plan, particularly strategies towards building forward from COVID-19 in a gender-responsive way.

Call for Proposal for Responsible Parties

Monday, September 6, 2021

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.

INVITATION TO APPLY: UN Women Caribbean Regional Spotlight Initiative Small Grants

Monday, September 6, 2021

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

In the Spotlight... Caribbean

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

This inaugural issue of the Caribbean Regional Spotlight Initiative Newsletter highlights foundational elements established so far to ensure the success of the regional programme.

Spotlight Initiative Guyana - Call for Proposals For A Civil Society Organisation (CFP BRB30/CFP 2021/14)

Thursday, August 12, 2021

The UN Women Multi-Country Office (MCO) Caribbean is seeking to partner with a Civil Society Organizations (CSO) to train and mentor/support champions, particularly faith-based leaders, for their visible advocacy role on Family Violence at the national level and working with other CSOs at community level

Press release: UN Women presents ‘A Force for Change’, an art exhibition and auction featuring work by 26 Black women artists, benefitting Black women

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

UN Women will host the first all-Black, all-women global selling exhibition and auction titled “A Force for Change”, with proceeds benefiting Black women across the world and the participating artists. The exhibition will be open to the public in New York City from 27 to 31 July 2021, with an online auction hosted on Artsy from 16 to 30 July 2021, closing at 2pm EDT.

Collecting Administrative Data on Violence Against Women and Girls

Monday, December 21, 2020

More than twenty (20) Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) benefitted from a workshop with local and international experts on the importance of collecting administrative data to tackle Violence Against Women And Girls (VAWG) and building back a more equal Jamaica in the wake of COVID-19.

Press Release: UN House in Barbados Turns Orange to Mark 16 Days of Activism

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Set among the tall palms and lush vegetation of Barbados’ South Coast, United Nations House, is illuminated in an orange glow.

COVID-19 and GBV - Caribbean resilience to natural and manmade hazards relies on spaces where violence is not used to address problems

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

COVID-19 is contracting our economic spaces, it is making childcare responsibilities multiply unequally. UN Women MCO Caribbean Representative (a.i.) Tonni Brodber explained that this could exacerbate risk factors for intimate partner violence.

As impact of COVID-19 intensifies, UN Women calls for concrete actions to respond to the concurrent shadow pandemic

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Galvanizes partners to fund organizations, respond to survivors’ needs, prevent violence and collect data to build a post-pandemic “new normal” as the 16 days of Activism campaign kicks off

Media Advisory: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November, will call for urgent actions to Fund, Respond, Prevent and Collect data to address gender-based violence in the context of COVID-19

Saturday, November 21, 2020

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!”.

Press Release - UDC and UN Women: A Partnership for Safety and Resilience

Monday, November 2, 2020

In celebration of World Cities Day, UN Women and the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Jamaica have joined together to make cities and public spaces in Jamaica safer and more resilient. Through a virtual signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which took place on Friday 30 October, both entities have agreed to partner on several initiatives over the next two years that would contribute to an end to sexual harassment and violence in public spaces and promote equitable social, economic and political empowerment.

As COVID-19 exposes the fault lines of gender equality, a strong focus on violence against women at the UN General Assembly

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

There is a need to mobilise all actors to address gender-based violence in the context of COVID-19, and to FUND women’s organisations and services, RESPOND by strengthening services to survivors, PREVENT by addressing harmful social norms that normalise violence against women and COLLECT data to inform policies and programmes.

Regional Spotlight Programme Launched to Reduce Family Violence Across the Eastern Caribbean

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

As Eastern Caribbean governments work to build back better in the wake of COVID-19, the United Nations and the European Union continue to scale up efforts to foster gender equality and respond to family violence through the launch of a USD$12.7M Spotlight Regional Caribbean Programme. This is part of the EUR 500 million with which the European Union is financing the Spotlight Initiative in all continents.

EnGenDER Supports Efforts to Tackle Gender-Based Violence and COVID-19 in Saint Lucia

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Today, the Government of Saint Lucia received USD 100,000 from the Enabling, Gender-Responsive Disaster Recovery, Climate and Environmental Resilience in the Caribbean (EnGenDER) Project to fund a COVID-19 Response Initiative.

1 in every 3 women in Grenada will experience Intimate Partner Violence

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Grenada’s First National Study on Gender-Based Violence findings included in the new “Caribbean Women Count: The Ending Violence against Women and Girls Data Hub” for GBV prevalence in 5 Caribbean countries.

Government of Canada Supports Efforts to Tackle Gender Based Violence and COVID-19 in Belize

Monday, July 27, 2020

The Government of Canada through its “Enabling, Gender - Responsive Disaster Recovery, Climate and Environmental Resilience in the Caribbean (EnGenDER)” Project has committed USD$1,149,000 towards efforts to tackle Gender Based Violence (GBV) and COVID-19 in nine participating Caribbean countries including Belize.  USD$100,000 has been allocated to Belize and will be used to enhance and expand the capacity of the Belize Social Protection System (BOOST) by creating virtual safe...

Government of Canada Supports Efforts to Tackle Gender Based Violence and COVID-19 in Suriname

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The Government of Canada through its “Enabling, Gender - Responsive Disaster Recovery, Climate and Environmental Resilience in the Caribbean (EnGenDER)” Project has committed USD 1,149,000 towards efforts to tackle Gender Based Violence (GBV) during the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis in 9 participating Caribbean countries including Suriname. This support is targeted to vulnerable groups (mostly women and children) who are more at risk of violence during the pandemic given...

Spotlight Initiative to end violence against women and girls launched in Grenada

Friday, March 6, 2020

In commemoration of International Women’s Day, which will be officially observed on March 8, the Government of Grenada, the European Union and the United Nations today partnered to launch in Grenada the Spotlight Initiative.

UN Women, CDB and CARICOM launch national surveys on gender-based violence

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Approaching this year’s International Women’s Day, UN Women, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and CARICOM have joined forces to better understand how women experience intimate violence with a view to reducing and eliminating this scourge in the Caribbean. The three organisations launched national prevalence surveys on gender-based violence for five Caribbean countries in Bridgetown, Barbados.

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