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From where I stand: “I slept in the dog house because I wanted to go to school”

10 April 2017

Shirley Pryce, formerly a domestic worker herself, advocates for domestic workers’ rights in Jamaica and across the Caribbean. Globally The memory of her employers locking her out at night because she wanted to go to evening classes stays haunts her to date. Following Jamaica’s ratification of the ILO Convention on Domestic Workers, Pryce is advocating for a national law to protect the rights of domestic workers. More

Coverage: Executive Director in the Caribbean

01 November 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is in the Caribbean region for the first time this week, making stops in Barbados, followed by Jamaica. A key emphasis of the Executive Director’s visit will be on the importance of human security and safety of women and girls in the region. More

UN Women Executive Director to emphasize human security and safety of women during her visit to the Caribbean

31 October 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will be visiting the Caribbean region for the first time this week, making stops in Barbados, followed by Jamaica. More

The fastest man in the world is HeForShe

14 July 2016

Usain Bolt, Jamaica’s Olympic champion and “the fastest man in the world” has signed on to UN Women’s HeForShe Campaign. More

Girls and young women gain ground in male-dominated fields

08 October 2015

With support from UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality, young women around the world are entering non-traditional economic and political spheres, and redefining leadership on their own terms. More

Global Champions Programme unites and empowers women worldwide

22 September 2015

People from all over the world have become advocates for women’s economic empowerment, participating in Empower Women’s Global Champions Programme. More

Around the world, women and men of all ages “orange their hoods” to end violence

11 December 2014

From flash mobs to bicycle races, street marches to art exhibits, and even illuminating landmarks and buildings in orange light, people around the world banded together during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence by “oranging their neighbourhoods.” More

“It’s important for youth to be involved at the high level” – Tahere Si’isi’ialafia, Samoa

28 August 2014

Tahere Si’isi’ialafia, a 24-year-old Baha’i youth from Samoa is a board member of the Pacific Youth Council who is taking part in the Third International SIDS Conference in her native Samoa. She speaks to UN Women about the importance of involving youth in such high-level fora. More

Protecting their crops through green technologies, Caribbean women fend for themselves

04 June 2014

Through workshops, women farmers in Barbados, Grenada and Jamaica are learning more sustainable farming techniques and securing their livelihoods. More

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

30 July 2013

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. More

Domestic workers’ rights move closer to becoming reality worldwide

14 June 2013

As the International Labour Organization Convention 189 on domestic work turns two, a look at how Governments, unions and the private sector supported by UN Women are working towards ensuring that this female-dominated profession is regulated and worker’s rights are protected. More

Presentation by Michelle Bachelet and Julia Duncan Cassell at a side event on the COMMIT Initiative

06 March 2013

Presentation by Michelle Bachelet and Julia Duncan-Cassell at the high-level side event on the COMMIT Initiative, 5 March, 2013, in New York. More

Women shareholders in Jamaica’s board rooms are ready to achieve their fair share

07 September 2012

In a world where business is still dominated by men, a new coalition in Jamaica is working to open up boardrooms to women and work together to find their leadership potential. More

Frank discussion of sex, women’s socioeconomic realities needed to address HIV in Jamaica

30 July 2012

Jamaica's national response to HIV needs to better address the challenges faced by vulnerable persons, according to Sannia Sutherland, the Director of Prevention for Jamaica's National HIV/Sexually Transmitted Infection Programme. More

UN Trust Fund grantee honoured for its theatre for social change

22 May 2012

The Sistren Theatre Collective, a grantee of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women , has been internationally honoured with the Otto Rene Castillo Award for Political Theatre , given to organizations globally that “extend humanity's social imagination." More

Paving the Path for Jamaican Women Domestic Workers

07 September 2011

A former domestic worker for more than 20 years, founding member and President of Jamaica Household Workers' Association (JHWA) Shirley Pryce has taken great strides to advocate for the rights of women domestic workers. Through JHWA she has supported essential services, such as seminars that educate domestic workers and employers on their rights and responsibilities, and has partnered with the Government of Jamaica's Human Employment and Resource Training Trust (HEART) and the National Training Authority to provide skills training with a view on transitioning into higher-paying professions. More

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