Govt of Barbados to launch Gender-based Violence project in workplace

The Ministry of Labour-Social Partnership Relations will launch a project on Gender-based Violence (GBV) in the Workplace on Monday, March 1.

Govt of Barbados to launch Gender-based Violence project in workplace
Govt of Barbados to launch Gender-based Violence project in workplace

Barbados: The Ministry of Labour-Social Partnership Relations will launch a project on Gender-based Violence (GBV) in the Workplace on Monday, March 1.

The safety of women is the priority for any place or company. The empowerment is incomplete without safety in the society. This project will boost the confidence of women to step out and live their dreams to the fullest.

Ministry noted that the project, is a collaborative effort on the part of the Ministry and the UN Women, aims to heighten awareness of GBV in the workplace, strengthen capacity to apply evidence-based techniques and policies to reduce the phenomenon, contribute to increasing economic empowerment, and end such violence against women and girls.

According to the reports, to formalize the relationship, the Ministry will sign a memorandum of understanding with the UN Women on the Zoom platform at 2:00 p.m.

Minister of Labour-Social Partnership Relations, Colin Jordan, will give the feature address at the virtual ceremony, while remarks will be given by UN Resident Coordinator for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Didier Trebucq, and Representative from UN Women, Multi-Country Office – Caribbean, Tonni Brodher. 

According to the UN General Assembly, 2006, violence against women and girls is one of the most systematic and widespread human rights violations

Moreover, the government stated that It is rooted in gendered social structures rather than individual and random acts and cuts across age, socio-economic, educational, and geographic boundaries.

Additionally, the administration declared, It also affects all societies and is a major obstacle to ending gender inequality and discrimination globally. Further research shows that GBV occurs predominantly in the home through what is referred to as domestic violence.

However, it can also be found in educational settings and the workplace. Such violence can result in physical, sexual, psychological, and economic harm. It has the potential to demolish the will and determine of young girls and other women. To stop violence, it is important to make rules more stringent.

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