The Knowledge Fair “Empowering Voices, Ending Gender-Based Violence», led by UNDP in the framework of the Spotlight Initiative Caribbean Regional Programme, is an innovative gathering that aims to tackle Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the Caribbean. Set in Bridgetown, Barbados, from November 6th to 8th, 2023, this knowledge fair brings together a diverse community of stakeholders committed to addressing and Family Violence (FV). The fair, organized under the auspices of the Spotlight Initiative Caribbean Regional Programme, seeks to foster cooperation, partnerships, and knowledge exchange among governments, civil society, academia, and grassroots communities. Through dynamic discussions, artistic expressions, and interactive sessions, the knowledge fair provides a platform for showcasing successful initiatives, celebrating actors, and promoting cultural and behavioral change. The fair will pave the way for transformative and sustainable progress towards a Caribbean free from GBV and FV.
The knowledge fair seeks to celebrate the efforts of diverse actors who have contributed to addressing GBV and FV in the Caribbean. The fair’s themes and criteria, collaboratively developed with Recipient UN Organizations (RUNOs) prioritize innovation, coordination, intersectionality, cultural relevance, sustainability, and replicability. A «Coalition of the Willing,» comprising UN Regional Agencies, UN Country Offices, the Spotlight Regional Programme, the Civil Society Regional Reference Group and regional allies -RUNOs, Civil Society Reference Groups, Regional institutions and CSOs working on GBV, Implementing Partners, Academia working on Gender Studies, among others-, will curate the program, ensuring a diverse and impactful selection of proposals. The knowledge fair will provide a transformative space for sharing knowledge, fostering networks, and amplifying collective efforts to addressing GBV and FV and empower Caribbean voices for lasting change.