10 December 2019
HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 2019: EXHIBITION OF PHOTO CONTEST AND PREMIER OF “WOMAN”
The United Nations Office for Barbados and the OECS and the High Commission of Canada in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean are collaborating in celebration of Human Rights Day, recognized across the world each year on 10 December.
As part of this year’s Human Rights Day activities, being held under the theme “Youth Standing Up for Human Rights”, the United Nations and the High Commission of Canada are hosting an award ceremony of a photo competition and film viewing at Limegrove Lifestyle Centre beginning at 6:00 p.m.
A highlight of the evening will be an awards ceremony for the winners of a regional youth photography competition hosted by the UN to address anti-discrimination and social inclusion. The competition addresses the theme: “Our Rights, Our Caribbean; Leaving No One Behind”. Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Relations, Colin Jordan, will deliver the evening’s feature address and present awards to the winners of the competition along with the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Mr. Didier Trebucq and High Commissioner of Canada in Barbados, Ms. Marie Legault.
The ceremony will be followed by the special viewing of the film “Woman” which tries to portray the world through a woman’s eyes. As the curtain comes down on this year’s 16 Days of Activism, it is hoped that film will drive home how critical gender equality is to human development.
UN Resident Coordinator, Didier Trebucq, welcomed the partnership with the Canadian High Commission noting “the United Nations Office for Barbados and the OECS is committed to working with Caribbean governments, civil society organizations and other development partners to strengthen and empower the most vulnerable among us, particularly women and young people.”
To this end, the United Nations Barbados and OECS has been promoting initiatives that address women’s development challenges. One of these initiatives is “Spotlight Initiative,” a joint programme in partnership with the Government of Grenada, the European Union and the United Nations to support to end family violence and all forms of violence against women and girls in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
Another initiative in five countries in the Eastern Caribbean – Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada and Saint Lucia, is the UN’s Joint Programme on “Building Climate Resilience for Human Security through Promoting Gender Equality in Key Economic Sectors and Women’s Empowerment in the Caribbean Countries”. This initiative aims to enhance human security in the Caribbean by rejuvenating employment opportunities and income streams in key economic sectors. The programme will apply gender responsive policy reform through community-based initiatives to mitigate the impact of climate change and enhance livelihoods of women and other vulnerable groups.
Throughout the course of this year the United Nations Sub-Regional Team for Barbados and the OECS has been working to build greater awareness and involvement around the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 SDGs are intended to mobilize a global effort to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change. The 2030 Agenda provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people, and the planet, and places the imperatives of equality,
non-discrimination, and the full realization of human rights at its heart.
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