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Ask an activist: What are the main challenges for LGBTI+ people in Jamaica and what solutions should be prioritized?

Friday, April 26, 2019

Nicolette Bryan is a Jamaican youth activist and Executive Director of WE-Change, an advocacy group supporting women in the LGBTI+ community. They run a support group for survivors of sexual violence each summer and participants sometimes opt to share their stories at events. Ms. Bryan is attending the Tunis Forum on Gender Equality, where she is emphasizing the importance of the Beijing Platform for Action in global women's rights and feminist advocacy, and the need for understanding existing gender inequalities in the local contexts.

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

Monday, April 10, 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.

Coverage: Executive Director in the Caribbean

Tuesday, November 1, 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.

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

Monday, October 31, 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.

The fastest man in the world is HeForShe

Thursday, July 14, 2016

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

Girls and young women gain ground in male-dominated fields

Thursday, October 8, 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.

Global Champions Programme unites and empowers women worldwide

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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

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

Thursday, December 11, 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.”

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

Thursday, August 28, 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.

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

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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

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

Tuesday, July 30, 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.

Domestic workers’ rights move closer to becoming reality worldwide

Friday, June 14, 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.

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

Wednesday, March 6, 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.

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

Friday, September 7, 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.

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

Monday, July 30, 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.

UN Trust Fund grantee honoured for its theatre for social change

Tuesday, May 22, 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."

Paving the Path for Jamaican Women Domestic Workers

Wednesday, September 7, 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.

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