Gender Affairs 

DoGA launches training for Sexual Assault Response Team

June 23rd , 2017 marked the opening of the first support centre for victims of gender-based and sexual violence (GBSV) in the Caribbean. In honour of its one-year anniversary the Antigua and Barbuda Support And Referral Centre (SARC) hosted a two-day Knowledge and Capacity-Building Workshop for members of its Sexual Assault Response Team. The Sexual Assault Response Team, (SART), consists of the healthcare workers, child-care specialists, counsellors, police officers, victims’ advocates, and other frontline workers who ensure that survivors receive holistic care after an incident of gender-based or sexual violence.…

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Development Gender Affairs Human Rights 

DoGA celebrates IWD 2018 with “Leaving Her Footprints”

Over the weekend approximately 60 young women from around Antigua and Barbuda found themselves immersed in an afternoon of art, theatre, and dance at the Directorate of Gender Affairs’ Young Women’s Social Action Forum: Leaving Her Footprints. Sixty-one participants attended Saturday’s session which was held in honour of International Women’s Day on March 8. The forum featured a series of sessions geared towards raising their awareness of issues facing women in Antigua Barbuda in a variety of fields, particularly,politics and leadership, facilitated by Senator the Honourable Alincia Williams-Grant; environmental justice,…

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Education Gender Affairs 

20 Sew scholarships for Antiguans and Barbudans

Students from across the island of Antigua and Barbuda stand to benefit from 20 full scholarships which the Government of Romania will make available for the 2018 – 2019 academic year. A two member delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania, headed by Ambassador at Large Her Excellency Daniela Gitman, visited the island on Thursday to promote Romania’s candidacy to the United Nation’s Security Council for the 2020-2021 mandate, and met with Prime Minister of Gaston Browne. In addressing Prime Minister Browne, Her Excellency disclosed that the government of Romania…

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Disaster Management Gender Affairs Regional News 

DoGA Antigua Barbuda, UN Women visit Dominica to Assist in Recovery Efforts

The Ministry of Social Transformation through its Directorate of Gender Affairs Antigua Barbuda (DoGA) joined UN Women Multi Country Office Caribbean on a mission to Dominica to assist the Dominica Bureau of Gender Affairs with a post-disaster needs assessment (PDNA) in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. DoGA Acting Executive Director, Farmala Jacobs, and Communications Officer, Raisa Charles, accompanied UN Deputy Representative, Tonni Brodber, to Dominica from October 22nd to October 25th to complete a post-disaster needs assessment for the storm-ravaged island. The team visited shelters in the Colihaut, Coulibistre, Marigot,…

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CARICOM Gender Affairs 

CARICOM/UN Women sign MOU on Gender Equality and Empowerment

On Monday, 9 January 2017, the Caribbean Community Secretariat signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UN_Women to support the Community’s work on gender and regional statistics. The MOU on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women includes collaboration in the provision of Caribbean-wide data, statistics and analysis on the implementation of the gender dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action known as the SAMOA Pathway. In his remarks, CARICOM Secretary-General Amb. Irwin LaRocque thanked the UN system for its continuing role in assisting…

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Crime & Police Gender Affairs 

Gender Affairs Dpt. Speaks on the Passing of Sheriece Henry, 22, Following Domestic Abuse

The Honourable Minister of Social Transformation & Human Resource Development, Samantha Marshall, staff and volunteers of the Directorate of Gender Affairs were deeply saddened upon learning of the tragic and untimely passing of 22-year-old Sheriece Henry on Monday November 28, 2016. The Directorate expresses its deepest sympathy to all of her loved ones left behind to grieve, in particular, Sheriece’s young daughter. The tears now being shed for Sheriece are ones we have shed before. The emotional wounds her family suffers are wounds other families in Antigua and Barbuda have…

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Community Gender Affairs 

Antigua/ Barbuda Ambassador: Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) 2016

Women in Antigua & Barbuda will be joining in the worldwide celebration of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) on November 19th, 2016. Local businesswoman Sandra Baptist is the United Nation’s World Ambassador for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Antigua and Barbuda for the 2nd consecutive year. To celebrate this day, Ms. Baptist will be hosting a cocktail and networking reception that will celebrate women in business and honour the growth-oriented women business owners and entrepreneurial women in Antigua and Barbuda who have successfully completed the Women Innovators Network in the Caribbean (WINC) Acceleration Program. The program, a World Bank/InfoDev Acceleration Program (AP), of which…

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Gender Affairs 

Department of Gender Affairs begins male advocacy training

The Directorate of Gender Affairs has begun a 4-day workshop on masculinity and gender equality. The workshop sessions form part of the Directorate’s pilot programme dubbed the Men as Partners (MAPs) Initiative. The initiative, which is a component of the United Nations Trust Fund Project to End Violence against Women and Girls, serves to build participants’ knowledge about what masculinity means, how society shapes and reinforces it, and how it is connected to violence against women and girls. The sessions will be facilitated by UN Women Caribbean Programme Specialist, Gabrielle…

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Commonwealth Gender Affairs 

Gender inequality “greatest hindrance” to development – Commonwealth

The under-representation of women and increasing gender inequalities must be reversed if sustainable development goals are to be met, according to the Commonwealth at the Women’s Affairs Ministerial Meeting in Apia. Setting its commitment in implementing creative solutions to involve women in tackling pressing global issues including climate change, the Commonwealth Secretariat stressed the economic value of gender equality across political, business and civil sectors. Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth said: “An increased empowerment and inclusion of women is not just about fairness, it’s about huge economic opportunity that…

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Community Crime & Police Gender Affairs 

Dozens of Police Officers now trained on new Domestic Violence law

The Directorate of Gender Affairs (DoGA) has just completed the first in a series of training exercises on the Domestic Violence Act 2015. The training took the form of two two-day workshops held from August 22-25th at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium. Members of the Royal Police Force of Antigua & Barbuda, representatives from the Department for Family & Social Services, Probation, and the Legal Affairs office attended the sessions. 

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