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

The project, 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.

To formalise 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 and Social Partnership Relations, Colin Jordan, will deliver 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. There will also be a presentation by a survivor.

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

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

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.

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