Situation Analysis of Citizen Security in The Caribbean: A Spotlight on Gender Based Violence and Family Violence

diciembre 26, 2023

The present Situation Analysis Report focuses specifically on the assessment of existing CARICOM regional citizen security frameworks from a gender equality perspective, with a view to integrating the issue of violence against women and girls. It has been developed against the backdrop of the Spotlight Initiative in the Caribbean, a joint initiative of the European Union and the United Nations that aims to eliminate violence and harmful practices against women and girls (VAWG) with a particular emphasis on gender-based violence (GBV) and family violence (FV), and the ongoing work on citizen security issues within the region carried out by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The gender analysis, within this broader context, will focus on the scope for a comprehensive appreciation of how the life experiences and general safety needs of women and girls can be better integrated into the conceptualization, development and implementation of citizen security policies and procedures. The necessity for such a focus is underscored by the reality that citizen security has traditionally been male-centred, primarily addressing male involvement in criminal activities and the implications of such gendered dynamics.