New Toolkit promotes actions for advancing gender equality in the Caribbean
In the Caribbean, at least one in three women has been a victim of gender-based violence in her lifetime, making this one of the most widespread violations of human rights in the sub-region.
In pursuit of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, gender equality is one of UNESCO’s global priorities. In all its fields of competence – Education, Culture, Natural Sciences, Social and Human Sciences and Communication and Information – UNESCO is committed to removing barriers that hinder women’s personal and professional development and to ensure that everyone has fair, inclusive and equal access to opportunities, resources and tools that enable them to reach their full potential.
In the Caribbean, UNESCO supports knowledge creation and undertakes advocacy actions promoting women’s rights, raising public awareness and advocating for eliminating gender-based discrimination and all forms of violence against women.
Against this background, UNESCO in partnership with the Regional Coordination Unit of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies, and in collaboration with the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO, developed the The Caribbean Sheroes Initiative Toolkit – Civil Society Organizations Advancing Gender Equality: Methods & Tools, which aims to serve as a knowledge-building block for inspiring younger generations and further driving the work of other Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to advance Gender Equality in the Caribbean sub-region.
The Caribbean Sheroes Initiative Toolkit
This Toolkit recognizes the achievements and commitment of women activists that engage in Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). It documents the practice and lessons learned of twelve Jamaican Civil Society Organizations that have worked relentlessly to advance women’s rights and social justice, fostering a less violent society and more equal gender relations grounded on human rights.
About the Caribbean Sheroes Initiative