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
WHO WE ARE
The United Nations (UN) is an international organization founded in 1945. After the Second World War 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.
PURPOSE OF THE UN
The United Nations has four (4) main purposes:
- To keep peace throughout the world;
- To develop friendly relations among nations;
- To help nations work together to improve the lives of poor people, to conquer hunger; disease and illiteracy, and to encourage respect for each other’s rights and freedoms;
- To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations to achieve these goals.
UN IN GUYANA
In Guyana, the United Nations System has been operating for over 45 years. The UN is headed by the Resident Coordinator (RC), who also serves as the Resident Representative (RR) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The RC is the designated representative of the UN Secretary-General.
The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) encompasses all the entities of the UN system that carry out operational activities for development. The UNCT ensures inter-agency coordination and decision-making at the country level. The main purpose of the Country Team is for individual agencies to plan and work together to support the development of the Government and people of Guyana.
This agenda is supported via the work of offices, which are located in country and non-resident offices.
- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
- International Organization for Migration (IOM)
- Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO)
- United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF)
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
- United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
- The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS)
- International Labour Organization (ILO) Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean - Trinidad
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Regional Office for Central America and the Caribbean in Panama (UNODC ROPAN)
- UN Women Multi - Country Office – Caribbean - Barbados
- United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) Kingston
Office - Jamaica
- United Nations Information Center for the Caribbean Area (UNIC) – Trinidad and Tobago
WHAT WE DO IN GUYANA
The UN works closely with the Government of Guyana and other partners to fulfill its mandate as outlined in the joint cooperation agreement - United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) - which started in 2012 and will end in 2016. The main outcomes of the UNDAF are:
- Environment and Sustainable Development
- Inclusive Growth
- Inclusive Governance
- Human and Social Development