Human Rights 


The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), the mechanism that provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic, welcomes Judge Devindra Rampersad’s ruling which states: “The court declares that sections 13 and 16 of the [Sexual Offences Act] are unconstitutional, illegal, null, void, invalid and of no effect to the extent that these laws criminalize any acts constituting consensual sexual conduct between adults.” The ruling in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago acknowledges that every individual regardless of their race, colour, gender, age or…

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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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Health Human Rights 

First Lady Maria Bird Browne to Address World AIDS Day Regional Event in Saint Kitts and Nevis

First Lady of Antigua and Barbuda, Mrs. Maria Bird Browne will address a World AIDS Day Regional event organized by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in collaboration with UNAIDS and PANCAP in Saint Kitts and Nevis on Friday. Mrs. Maria Bird Browne is attending the event in her capacity as a member of Spouses of Caribbean Leaders Action Network (S-CLAN), a grouping of spouses and First Ladies of the region designed to tackle issues relating to the well-being and health of women, children and adolescents in the Caribbean.…

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Community Health Human Rights 

’Persons With Disabilities Want Inclusion In Decision Making And Equal Access To Facilities And Buildings

As preparations continue for the ‘I AM ABLE’ Conference (December 4th-6th), persons with disabilities in Antigua and Barbuda have been giving their perspective on the meeting as well their aspirations for the differently abled in the country. Mr. St. Claire Henry and Ms. Chelsee Merchant recently spoke to Janelle Charles-Williams, the ‘I AM ABLE’ Conference Public Relations Liaison. Henry, disabled from the waist down since 2001, as a result of a spine infection, eagerly voiced his expectations. “I hope this conference will bring persons with disabilities to the forefront so…

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Community Health Human Rights Human Trafficking 

President Antigua & Barbuda Red Cross Clarifies Mis-represented article in Daily Observer

The Antigua & Barbuda Red Cross (ABRC) would like to clarify its position and statements made in an article which was printed on page 4 of ‘The Daily Observer’ on Thursday 4th August, 2016 by the President, Mr. Michael Joseph. Below we present the full response of Michael Joseph. “I would like to as chief spokesman for the Antigua & Barbuda Red Cross, firstly, acknowledge and commend the work of the Human Trafficking Committee and by extension, the Government of Antigua & Barbuda for the extensive work they have done in bringing awareness…

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Human Rights Human Trafficking 

UN Speaks on World Day against Trafficking in Persons

(UN Information Service) – Human trafficking is a parasitic crime that feeds on vulnerability, thrives in times of uncertainty and profits from inaction. While the international community struggles with what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called the biggest refugee and migration crisis since World War Two, human traffickers and migrant smugglers are taking advantage of misery to turn a profit. Criminals prey on people in need and without support, and they see migrants, especially children, as easy targets for exploitation, violence and abuse.

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