Implementation of the EU Gender Action Plan for 2021-2025
The new EU Action Plan on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in External Action (2021-2025) is now operational in the Eastern Caribbean
The Gender Action Plan III aims to accelerate progress on empowering women and girls, and safeguard gains made on gender equality during the 25 years since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and its Platform for Action. It aims to contribute to empowering women, girls and young people to fully use their rights and increase their participation in political, economic, social and cultural life.
The Country Level implementation plan for the Eastern Caribbean translates the EU Gender Action Plan III into specific priorities and guides the EU action to advance gender equality and women's empowerment in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Kitts and Nevis.
The priority areas of engagement incorporates the EU's regional Multiannual Indicative Programme 2021-2027 for the Americas which includes the green deal, economic resilience and trade, and governance, security and human development.
Different approaches will be used in the implementation of the Country Level implementation Plan and this includes, Gender mainstreaming, targeted actions with support to Civil Society Organisations that ocus on gender equality, dialogue with partner governments and international donors, public diplomacy, outreach and other communication activities.
Areas of engagement include women and girls in the green transition and digital transformation; promoting economic and social rights and the empowerment of girls and women; ensuring freedom from all forms of gender-based violence against women, girls, men and boys and promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights. There will also be the integrationof the gender perspective into EU programmes to help reducing the gender gap and maximizing the opportunities to support women and girls empowerment in all areas of EU engagement.