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Symposium on Mainstreaming Gender in Water Resources Management, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Policies in the Caribbean

Caribbean women suffer disproportionate levels of mortality and injury following disasters and extreme weather events. This is a direct result of recurrent discrimination and inequalities in access to adequate health care, food and nutrition, and water and sanitation, as well as education, technology and information. Patriarchal structures and systemic barriers uphold higher risks of women and girls’ vulnerabilities in face of climate change. Therefore, climate change is seen as a factor contributing to perpetuate gender inequalities. In addition, the oversight of policy makers to engage in gender-responsive disaster planning and implementation often results in limited consideration of the specific needs of women in early warning mechanisms, protective facilities and infrastructure for shelters and relief distribution and recovery programmes.

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago - 26-27 Nov 2019

26/11/2019

  • 09:00 to 17:30
    Tuesday, 26 November 2019

    09:30 am -11:00 am   -    Session I: Mainstreaming gender in integrated water resources management (IWRM), climate change and disaster risk reduction policies in the Caribbean

    Paper on mainstreaming of gender in water resources management, climate change and disaster risk reduction policies in the Caribbean,

    Patricia B. Mendoza, Consultant (15 minutes)

    Paper on mainstreaming gender in climate change and disaster risk reduction policies, plans and programmes in the Caribbean,

    Catarina Camarinhas, Social Affairs Officer, ECLAC (10 minutes)

    Panel presentation (30 minutes)

    Samuel Abdias, Saint Kitts and Nevis

    Michelle Mycoo, University of the West Indies

    Aurora Noguera-Ramkissoon, UNFPA

    Discussion (30 minutes)

     

  • 09:00 to 17:30
    Tuesday, 26 November 2019

    1:00 pm – 2:30 pm   -    Lunch

    2:30 pm – 4:00 pm   -    Session III: Challenges and opportunities mainstreaming gender in IWRM for DRR in the Caribbean

    Panel presentation (60 minutes)

    Nicole O. Caesar, Technical Specialist, UNEP Jamaica

    Sharing of national experiences

    Alvah Guishard, National Office, Disaster Services, Antigua and Barbuda

    Peter Clarke, Managing Director, Water Resources Authority, Jamaica

    Terry Ince, Committee of Trinidad and Tobago Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women

    Discussion (30 minutes)

  • 09:00 to 17:30
    Tuesday, 26 November 2019

    2:30 pm – 4:00 pm   -    Session III: Challenges and opportunities mainstreaming gender in IWRM for DRR in the Caribbean

    Panel presentation (60 minutes)

    Nicole O. Caesar, Technical Specialist, UNEP Jamaica

    Sharing of national experiences

    Alvah Guishard, National Office, Disaster Services, Antigua and Barbuda

    Peter Clarke, Managing Director, Water Resources Authority, Jamaica

    Terry Ince, Committee of Trinidad and Tobago Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women

    Discussion (30 minutes)

     

    4:00 pm – 4:15 pm   -    Coffee break

    • Alvah Guishard, National Office, Disaster Services, Antigua and Barbuda
      IWRM Disaster Mangemnet gender aspects Antigua and Barbuda
      Nicole O. Caesar, Technical Specialist, UNEP Jamaica
      GEF IWEco Project – Mainstreaming Gender in IWRM for DRR
      Peter Clarke, Managing Director, Water Resources Authority, Jamaica
      Gender Mainstreaming Symposium
  • 09:00 to 17:30
    Tuesday, 26 November 2019

    4:15 pm – 5:30 pm   -    Session IV: Raising awareness, advocacy and the media

    Panel presentation (30 minutes)

    Gabrielle Lee Look, Global Water Partnership-Caribbean,

    Trinidad and Tobago

    The Bahamas, Department of Gender and Family Affairs (tbc)

    Ms. Lesley-Ann Blackburn, Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management, Trinidad and Tobago

    Discussion (15 minutes)

    • Allicia Rolle, Gender Officer, Department of Gender and Family Affairs, Bahamas.
      Raising Awareness, advocacy and the media

27/11/2019

  • 09:00 to 16:00
    Wednesday, 27 November 2019

    9:00 am – 10:00 am   -    Session V: Achieving coherent implementation of policies as related to Gender, IWRM and DRR

    Panel presentation (30 minutes)

    Amrikha Singh, Programme Manager, Sustainable Development, CARICOM Secretariat, Guyana

    Tennielle Cheryl Williams, Principal Hydrologist, National Hydrological Service, Ministry of Natural Resources, Belize

    Janey Joseph, Director, Gender Relations Ag., Department of Education, Innovation and Gender Relation, Saint Lucia

    Discussion (30 minutes)

    • Janey Joseph – Director (AG), Gender relations department, Saint Lucia
      Presentation for Symposium on Mainstreaming Gender in Water Resources Management
  • 09:00 to 16:00
    Wednesday, 27 November 2019

    10:00 am – 11:00 am   -    Session VI: Data indicators for integrating gender policies in IWRM and DRR

    Panel presentation (50 minutes)

    Lilly Adel, Manager, Gender Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Social Protection, Guyana

    The Bahamas, Department of Gender and Family Affairs (tbc)

    Nicole O. Caesar, UNEP Jamaica

    Luciana Fontes de Meira, Associate Environmental Affairs Officer, ECLAC

    Discussion (10 minutes)

     

    11:00 am – 11:15 am   -    Coffee break

    11:15 am – 1:00 pm   -    Session VII: Mainstreaming environmental issues in CARICOM’s draft gender equality strategy

    Presentation and discussion

    Ann‑Marie Williams, Deputy Programme Manager, Gender and Development, Human and Social Development, CARICOM Secretariat (30 minutes)

    Working group sessions (45 minutes)

    Working group 1: Gender and IWRM

    Working group 2: Gender and DRR

    Presentation and discussions (30 minutes)

     

    1:00 pm – 2:30 pm   -    Lunch

    2:30 pm – 3:30 pm   -    Session VIII: Considerations of amendments to mainstream IWRM and DRR in the CARICOM draft gender equality strategy

    Discussion led by the CARICOM representative and taking into account working groups comments

    3:30 pm – 3:45 pm   -    Coffee break

    3:45 pm – 4:15 pm   -    Session IX: Presentation of recommendations

    Presentation: ECLAC

    Discussion led by Co-chair

     

    4:15 pm – 4:30 pm   -    Closing

  • 09:00 to 16:00
    Wednesday, 27 November 2019

    2:30 pm – 3:30 pm   -    Session VIII: Considerations of amendments to mainstream IWRM and DRR in the CARICOM draft gender equality strategy

    Discussion led by the CARICOM representative and taking into account working groups comments

    3:30 pm – 3:45 pm   -    Coffee break

    3:45 pm – 4:15 pm   -    Session IX: Presentation of recommendations

    Presentation: ECLAC

    Discussion led by Co-chair

     

    4:15 pm – 4:30 pm   -    Closing

    • Ann-Marie Williams, Deputy Programme Manager, Gender and Development, CARICOM
      Draft CARICOM Gender Equality Strategy
Participants at Symposium
26-27 Nov 2019
Meetings and technical symposiums
Hyatt Regency
1 Wrightson Road
Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago
By invitation

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