Created on Tuesday, 20 Oct 2015 14:03:50

Contact: Mrs. Donna Nicolls Volunteer Counselor and Workshop Organizer
The Bahamas Crisis Centre Phone 328-0922

Press Release

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Nassau, The Bahamas October 15, 2015: The Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) in collaboration with The Bahamas Crisis Centre hosted a two-day training workshop in Human Rights and Gender Approaches to Gender-based Violence (GBV) and HIV from October 13-14, 2015 at the J. Whitney Pinder Building, Collins Avenue, New Providence.

This training activity was implemented by CVC through funding from UN Women and was part of a broader project which is also being implemented in Jamaica and Belize. The broader project includes a desk review of the legislative, policy, and programme responses to GBV, Human Rights, and HIV/AIDS to facilitate evidence-based advocacy.

The purpose of the training in The Bahamas was to improve the capacity of selected CSOs in the country to use the Human Rights and Gender Approaches to address GBV and Violence against Women (VAW) especially in situations of vulnerability to HIV/STI infection.

Adopting a human rights and gender approach to prevent GBV requires developing the capacity of community practitioners and duty bearers (justice, security, police, health, and education) on human rights and gender and how they can apply these principles in the context of GBV and HIV so that rights holders can claim the rights to which they are entitled.

Programme Coordinator Monica Brown and Project Coordinator Ivan Cruickshank expect that the CSOs will be able to view policies, develop advocacy plans, conduct their advocacy work, and monitor policy implementation using the human rights and gender lenses. Twenty-six (26) persons from various organizations including GBV task force members, the Women’s Bureau, The Bahamas Crisis Centre, the College of The Bahamas, Rise Bahamas, Disabilities Affairs and other organizations participated actively in the training.

For Release: October 15, 2015 

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