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Ryancia Henry is originally from Antigua and Barbuda, she moved four months ago to Montecito, California, to take up the position of Director of Housekeeping, managing a team of 60 people, at a hotel that has now closed because of the COVID-19 outbreak. With international travel disrupted, and movement restrictions within the United States of America, Ryancia is among millions of workers in the hospitality industry considering what the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic will be on her, her staff, her family and her friends.
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During a four-country visit in the Caribbean region from 18 to 23 May, the UN Women Executive Board discussed measures to improve court processes to assist survivors of gender-based violence; observed initiatives at work to identify and mitigate the gendered risks of natural disasters; and emphasized their support towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
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Ruth Spencer, GEF/SGP National Coordinator from Antigua connects with people everywhere she goes—in the market, in church, at the parking lot or in the halls of the United Nations. She builds networks and capacity of local community groups through education, training, resource mobilization and partnership-building, especially for climate action. Recently, she has set up a network of local groups and individuals in the island of Antigua and Barbados to promote sustainable waste management. As a participant in a workshop on gender-responsive global biodiversity framework, she spoke to UN Women about women’s conservation efforts.
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Nearly a year ago, catastrophic hurricanes devastated the Caribbean. After Hurricane Irma, almost the entire population of Barbuda, a small island in the eastern Caribbean, was driven to its twin island of Antigua. In Dominica, Hurricane Maria wiped out crops, equipment and infrastructure. In efforts to ensure that women both benefit from, and lend their expertise to the humanitarian response in the Caribbean, UN Women has been working with partners in the immediate aftermath of the storms and beyond.
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As the hurricane season ends in the Caribbean, and three months since Hurricane Irma caused the entire island of Barbuda to evacuate, Farmala Jacobs, Acting Executive Director of the Directorate of Gender Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda says the devastating hurricanes across the Caribbean this year show that we can no longer afford to leave anyone behind, and most certainly not women and girls.
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UN Women and UNFPA fast track funds to Antigua and Barbuda to help women and girls
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Costa Rica hosted a regional consultation of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment on 14 July. The consultation was jointly supported by UN Women and the National Institute of Women (INAMU) of Costa Rica.
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Nearly 3,000 girls and youth across Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic are using technology and innovative strategies to achieve gender equality in male-dominated fields.
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There are now 71 artists from all over Latin America and the Caribbean who have formed a regional network to support the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, using their artistry to raise awareness.
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As of today, behind-the-scenes videos chronicling the song’s year-long production will be available at http://song.unwomen.org to count down toward the launch on 8 March. This musical celebration of women worldwide features more than 20 artists from across the globe.
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REDCAMIF and UN Women are working with urban and rural women entrepreneurs across Central America and the Caribbean to promote their economic empowerment.
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Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women, met President Laura Chinchilla, with whom she held high-level talks, on the morning of 10 September , at the beginning of her two-day visit to Costa Rica.
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Remarks by Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women in San José, Costa Rica. 11 September 2012.
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Michelle Bachelet, the Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, will on September 10th start a two-day visit to Costa Rica, at the personal invitation of President Laura Chincilla.