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.
The delegation included President of the Executive Board, Pennelope Beckles, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the UN; Vice President Katalin Bogyay, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN ; Vice President Koki Grignon, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Kenya to the UN; Vice President Marwan Al-Dobhany, Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Yemen to the UN; and Madeleine Oliver, Adviser, Permanent Mission of Australia to the UN.
Of the six-day visit to Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Barbados, and Antigua and Barbuda, President of the Executive Board, Ambassador Pennelope Beckles, speaking on behalf of the Board members, said: “We are glad to be here to shine a light on the region and on the good work that UN Women is doing. We were struck by the strength and depth of the partnership between UN Women and the countries we visited.”
UN Women’s innovative interventions were highlighted, including collaboration with national partners to produce the first-ever prevalence data on violence against women in the Caribbean, ongoing work with judicial officers and courts, legislative reforms and working with families to improve access to critical services for those experiencing violence.