CARICOM gender ministers meet ahead of global women’s conclave


Stakeholders in gender development in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are examining women and girls’ empowerment in the context of climate change, the environment and in disaster risk reduction, as CARICOM prepares its positions ahead of CSW 66.

The Commission on the Status of Women, (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body, exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. It hosts its Sixty Sixth assembly from 14 – 25 March 2022. That meeting will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA, under the priority theme: ‘Achieving Gender Equality and the Empowerment of all Women and Girls in the Context of Climate Change, Environmental and Disaster Risk Reduction Policies and Programmes’.

Against that backdrop, CARICOM is holding two preparatory meetings on 3 and 17 February to flesh out its needs and priorities going into to CSW 66. It is anticipated that those discussion will conclude with a regional position that can be incorporated into the CSW 66 Agreed Conclusions.

CARICOM’s gathering comes on the heels of the 62nd Meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, which was held on 26-27 January, to formulate of the Americas and Caribbean Statement for CSW 66.

With support from UN Women Multi-Country Office Caribbean, the CARICOM meetings will bring together Ministers responsible for Gender Affairs, Environment, Climate Change, Agriculture, National Disaster and Emergency Management, other Parliamentarians, Permanent Representatives to the United Nations, Heads of Directorates of Gender Affairs, representatives of Civil Society Organisations and regional partner agencies.

The first meeting of the CARICOM Meeting is expected to sensitise all participants to the intersecting issues around the CSW 66 priority theme and the second meeting will focus on the adoption of the official Statement by Ministers responsible for Gender Affairs.

Deputy Programme Manager for Gender and Development, Ms Ann-Marie Williams sat down with Tusankine English-Francis of the Communication Unit, CARICOM Secretariat, ahead of the meeting on 3 February.

Please click here to view the interview.

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