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03 Apr 2014
Data for Action: Measuring Prevalence to Respond to Gender-Based Violence  

Press Release 

Despite notable efforts by authorities, service providers and academia to record and track the incidence of gender-based violence  (GBV) in the Caribbean, lack of comprehensive, systematic, nationally-owned data remains a serious bottleneck in responding to and preventing GBV, including its most prevalent form – that of violence against women. Subsequently, Caribbean Governments and Non-Governmental Organisations have requested the UN’s support in strengthening data collection so as to guide and sustain a robust national response to GBV.  

22 Mar 2014
CSW 58 Outcome Statement  

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the outcome of the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women



(New York) UN Women welcomes the outcome of the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The agreement represents a milestone toward a transformative global development agenda that puts the empowerment of women and girls at its centre. Member States have stressed that while the Millennium Development Goals have advanced progress in many areas, they remain unfinished business as long as gender inequality persists.

12 Mar 2014
Progress for women in politics, but glass ceiling remains firm  

The Women in Politics Map 2014 launched by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women  shows that while progress on women’s political participation continues to be largely positive across the world, glass ceilings remain firmly in place for women at the highest levels.

Bridgetown, Barbados: March 12, 2014 - The Map, which presents the latest data on women in executive government and in parliament, reveals similar regional trends in women’s representation in both spheres with the Americas, Europe and Africa outperforming the Arab, Asia and Pacific regions.

Grenada’s jump from two to five women (33.3%) members of parliament in the lower house after the 2013 general elections, saw that country move past the minimum target of 30% of seats being held by women.  Guyana is the only other country in the English speaking Caribbean that has attained the above 30 per cent ratio and the only country in the Caribbean to have adopted a temporary special measure to increase women’s political participation. 

06 Mar 2014
Equality for Women is Progress for All  

Message for International Women’s Day 2014

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

United Nations Under-Secretary-General and

Executive Director of UN Women


Today we join the people of the world in celebration of the progress made for women’s rights, women’s empowerment and gender equality. We also acknowledge that progress has been slow, uneven and in some cases women and girls face new and more complex challenges.

International Women's Day is therefore also a day to recommit ourselves to working harder for gender equality, together  as  women, men, youth, and leaders  of nations, communities, religion  and commerce.

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