The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) works for: the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; empowerment of women; and achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
The UN Women Multi-Country Office (MCO) – Caribbean located in Barbados, covers the English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean. Over the past 20 years UN Women, formerly UNIFEM has worked to consolidate and/or build partnerships and enhance collaboration with women’s organizations, government, academia and civil society.
The main roles of UN Women are:
- To support inter-governmental bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, in their formulation of policies, global standards and norms.
- To help Member States to implement these standards, standing ready to provide suitable technical and financial support to those countries that request it, and to forge effective partnerships with civil society.
- To support the UN System in holding itself to account in implementing its commitments on gender equality, including regular monitoring of system-wide progress
UN Women supports governments and non-governmental organisations in ensuring the voice of the Caribbean is heard in the global and regional governing processes, including reporting to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), engagement in the Commission on the Status of Women, and ensuring that the Caribbean priorities and concerns continue to have priority in funding resources and implementation of the recently agreed Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change agreement.
One of the main priorities is the eradication of gender-based violence, including violence against women and girls. UN Women supports primary prevention work, the engagement of boys and men, and the strengthening of national legal frameworks to protect women, men, girls and boys from Domestic Violence. UN Women has prioritised the improved national collection of data on the prevalence of gender-based violence in the Caribbean.
UN Women is supporting CARICOM in its commitment to fill the vast “data gap”. In 2015, under partnership with UN Women, CARICOM endorsed the piloting of the Gender Equality Indicators (GEI), which were developed through UN Women’s technical and financial support, to measure the implementation of the SDGs. Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica and Suriname are piloting the CARICOM across five domains (Economic Activity, Education, Health, Public Participation, and Human Rights).
UN Women MCO - Caribbean is also working to strengthen women’s economic empowerment, with strong support on ensuring gender and child responsive Social Protection programmes through joint programming with UNICEF.
UN Women is also supporting the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in its implementation of a Government of Canada Global Affairs Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST) Project. This work includes the development of Gender Protocols with the Judiciary in Barbados, Belize, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago.
UN Women Multi-Country Office - Caribbean
UN House, Marine Gardens
Hastings Christ Church, Barbados.
Tel: +1 246 467 6000
Fax: +1 246 437 6596