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  • The forum is organised by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • The forum seeks to promote a common voice in advocating for the priorities of the Caribbean
  • The forum got underway on Thursday, August 22, at the Hilton in Bridgetown, Barbados

The Caribbean Forum on Gender Equality and Post 2015 Agenda got underway on Thursday, August 22, at the Hilton in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Slated to end on August 23, the forum is organised by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.

The forum’s objective is to ensure that gender equality advocates in the Caribbean have a common understanding of the importance of these global conferences on future development assistance frameworks in the region.

It also seeks to promote a common voice in advocating for the priorities of the Caribbean.

Representatives attending the forum include: UN Women Representative for the Multi-Country Office – Caribbean, Christine Arab; UN Resident Co-ordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative for Barbados and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean StatesOECS, Stephen O’Malley; Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development, Barbados, Steven D. Blackett; Director, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Sub-Regional Headquarters for the Caribbean, Diane Quarless; UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Lara Blanco; and UNICEF Representative for the Eastern Caribbean, Khin-Sandi Lwin.

The sessions throughout the days will focus around: the Caribbean’s Priorities within the Post 2015 and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) agendas; Global and Regional Discussions Impacting the Post 2015 Agenda and SIDS; Gender Equality in the Caribbean and Working Methodology for Development of the Caribbean Statement on Gender Equality and Women’s Advancement in Post 2015 Agenda; and advocacy strategies for Post 2015 and SIDS.