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

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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.

26 Feb 2014
Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls  

The 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women will be held from March 10-21 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on the priority theme: Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the MDGs for women and girls.

21 Nov 2013

Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation. It is violence against families, communities, nations and humanity. It is a threat to international peace and security, as recognized by the UN Security Council. It has reached a crisis point and demands action from all of us, young and old, women and men.

Today on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and every day, we must stand up, speak out and be part of creating solutions to end these human rights violations.

24 Oct 2013
Safe Public Spaces for Women and Girls

29 Aug 2013
Caribbean Joint Statement on Gender Equality and the Post 2015 and SIDS Agenda1

As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) framework comes to a close in 2015, the Caribbean Region is advocating for a comprehensive and transformative Post 2015 and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) development agenda.
The goal of advocacy efforts will be to ensure that Caribbean specific priorities for the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment are advanced. The emerging global development frameworks must address the structural foundations of gender-based inequality, including the recognition that inequalities are a consequence of the unequal relations of power.  
We are therefore asking that the  global Post 2015 and SIDS frameworks take into consideration the social, economic and environmental vulnerabilities of SIDS, and the resulting challenges for sustainable, human rights-based and gender responsive development.

24 Aug 2013
Caribbean Advocates set to influence global development agenda, with the goal of realising equality for women and men, girls and boys  

Bridgetown, Barbados – 24 August 2013: As global discussions intensify around creating a new global development agreement, Caribbean government and non-governmental representatives supporting gender equality have together agreed on forward-looking Caribbean-specific priorities that they will advocate for in the coming two years of discussions within the UN General Assembly and beyond. 

Under the UN Women-supported Caribbean Forum on Gender Equality and the Post 2015 Agenda held 22-23August, delegates generated a Joint Statement, for ensuring gender equality and Caribbean priorities for development will be front and centre in the global discussions around the completion of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agreement in 2015 and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) agenda.

08 Aug 2013
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

Statement by Lakshmi Puri, Acting Head of UN Women and Assistant Secretary-General, on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, 9 August 2013.

9 August 2013 - On the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, UN Women calls for the promotion and protection of the human rights of indigenous women and girls. Despite indigenous peoples’ extensive contributions to society, their communities continue to be among the most marginalized and discriminated against in the world. Indigenous women across their lifetime, including girls, adolescents and widows, face multiple layers of violence, discrimination and inequality that must be addressed in a more robust, inclusive and comprehensive manner.

30 Jul 2013
Global HIV and AIDS programme across five countries spearheads inclusive national response to the pandemic

Integrates gender equality, strengthens national commitment, and advances leadership of women living with HIV

(Kingston, 30 July) Today, at a two day international forum, representatives of governments, NGOs, networks of women living with HIV and the United Nations will come together at a global consultation on effective national responses to the HIV and AIDS pandemic. 

Co-hosted by the Government of Jamaica and UN Women, the meeting will be the culmination of the European Commission-UN Women global programme Supporting Gender Equality in the Context of HIV/AIDS, implemented in five countries, namely Cambodia, Jamaica, Kenya, Papua New Guinea and Rwanda. Over the course of four years, the programme sought to strengthen national commitment and action for integrating gender equality and human rights into the HIV response, while simultaneously advancing the leadership and participation of women living with HIV and their networks within that response.

10 Jul 2013
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka from South Africa appointed as new UN Women Executive Director  

New York (10 July)—UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka from South Africa as the new Executive Director of UN Women, the organization leading the UN’s work on advancing gender equality and women’s rights.

The announcement was made through the Spokesperson of the UN Secretary-General at today's news briefing.

05 Jul 2013
Call for Communications: allegations of human rights violations affecting the status of women

Individuals, non-governmental organizations, groups and networks are invited to submit written communications—including, but not limited to, complaints, appeals and petitions—to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) with information on alleged injustices and human rights violations against women in any country. Examples of claims include arbitrary arrests of women, domestic violence, unfair employment practices and discrimination against women under immigration and nationality laws. The deadline to submit such communications is 1 August 2013.


02 Jul 2013
The Gender Dimension of the Millennium Development Goals Report 2013

The latest report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has been published! What's the gender dimension? What is the situation for women and girls? See an overview here:

20 Jun 2013
#AskUNWomen Twitter chat on gender equality and #post2015

#AskUNWomen Twitter chat on gender equality and #post2015

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