SIDS Gender Equality Forum (GEF)

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Date: 25 & 26 May 2024
Location: Nelson’s Dockyard, St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda
Organisers: UN Women MCOs - Caribbean and Fiji, and the Caribbean Development Bank

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Why the GEF

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) face unique vulnerabilities that significantly challenge the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Despite notable progress towards gender equality, SIDS face distinctive challenges that hinder gender equality and women’s empowerment.

What is needed is a strategic, gender-responsive, human-rights based and SIDS-appropriate approach that overcomes innate obstacles and transforms vulnerabilities into tools of resilience, innovation, and equality. In May 2024, the international community will gather at the SIDS4 to review SIDS’ sustainable development progress and propose a new decade of partnerships and solutions to supercharge their path to resilient prosperity, and gender equality needs to be at the centre of this.


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How will participants engage at the GEF?

The SIDS Gender Equality Forum is being held just prior to the SIDS4 Conference to provide a dedicated space for persons from across all SIDS regions, various stakeholder groups and multiple sectors to look at gender equality and SIDS- through:

  • MOVING the SIDS story forward from SIDS3 in Samoa to SIDS4 in Antigua and Barbuda by putting gender equality in the centre of the next ten-year action plan and the many processes taking place in that time.
  • EXPLORING key gender equality and SIDS themes, aligned with the SIDS4 priority areas, with thought leaders and participants via a series of structured ‘Tours’.
  • ENGAGING participants to better get to know SIDS stakeholders and their roles in driving gender equality through an innovative ‘Island Hopping’ experience.
  • EXPOSING participants to important channels for gender equality and empowerment of women in SIDS through the Equality Village – Entrepreneurial Marketplace.
  • CLOSING the Forum with a high-level convening and impactful outcome statement.


We would like you to join us at the Gender Equality Forum!

Please complete the Expression of Interest: SIDS Gender Equality Forum, 25th and 26th May 2024, Antigua at this link, where a select number of applicants will be supported to attend the GEF.

Deadline for submission is 5pm Sunday May 19, 2024.


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