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23 May 2014

Under the aegis of the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women and Girls Campaign, the United Nations System Team for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean joined the global call for the safe return of the 200 girls who were abducted from their school in Chibok, Borno State, in Nigeria. 


22 May 2014
UN Women calls on global citizens to bring gender equality into focus  

Launches Beijing+20 Campaign:
Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!


(22 May, New York) UN Women today launched a major campaign in the lead-up to the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the historic Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. A year of activities around the world will aim to mobilize governments and citizens alike to picture a world where gender equality is a reality and to join a global conversation on empowering women to empower humanity.  

Events will focus on achievements and gaps in gender equality and women’s empowerment since 189 governments adopted the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. This visionary blueprint paves the way for women’s full and equal participation in all spheres of life and decision-making.  

07 May 2014
#BringBackOurGirls: A joint op-ed on the abduction of more than 200 school girls in Nigeria

A joint op-ed by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, and Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund.

Today more than 200 school girls will wake up to another day in an unthinkable nightmare. Three weeks ago, they were seized in the night by armed men dressed as soldiers who said they were there to protect them. In reality, the men were militant extremists who kidnapped them and set their boarding school on fire. The girls’ whereabouts continue to be unknown. 

This happened in Chibok, a town in north-eastern Nigeria. Imagine if it had taken place in your community.

This horrific act offends our common humanity and demands global outrage and action. We have a responsibility to rally behind the parents, people and Government of Nigeria and bring the girls back home to safety.

05 May 2014
UN Women Google Hangout on unpaid care work, 7 May, 10.30am EST

25 Apr 2014
On Orange Day, Say NO to Sexual Violence in Conflict

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.

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.

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