Project profile — Build Back Equal


UN Women (41146)
2022-03-04 - 2026-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
NGM Americas

Country / region 

• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines (25.00%)
• Saint Lucia (25.00%)
• Dominica (25.00%)
• Grenada (25.00%)


• Population policy and administrative management:
Population policy and administrative management (13010) (5.00%)
Family planning (13030) (5.00%)
• Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions:
Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (65.00%)
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (25.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (significant objective)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (significant objective)
• Disability (significant objective)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to advance economic and social equality for women and girls in Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The initiative supports these four Eastern Caribbean countries to address the most pressing challenges to gender equality exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis, including in the areas of women’s economic empowerment, including paid and unpaid care work, gender-responsive social protection and sexual and reproductive health and rights. It works with governments, communities, the private sector and regional bodies to develop and implement critical legislation, frameworks, and systems. The project seeks to increase access to skills training and social and sexual and reproductive health services for women, girls and marginalized and vulnerable groups. Project activities include: (1) providing technical assistance to governments to develop and implement legislation, frameworks, and policies on paid and unpaid care work. This includes budgeting for paid and unpaid care work, and data collection and analysis on unpaid care work through Labour Force Surveys and subsidized childcare cost; (2) providing business skills training, including financial management and digital marketing, for women-owned micro-, small, and medium-sized enterprises. This includes in the care, tourism, and agricultural sectors, and unemployed and underemployed women; (3) providing technical assistance to governments to implement public assistance programs for women with children up to five years old, including priority access to childcare and sexual and reproductive health services; (4) providing technical assistance to governments and training for service providers on integrating social protection services into and digitizing sexual and gender-based violence referral pathways; and (5) providing technical assistance to governments on legislative and policy reform where the law bars or hinders access to sexual and reproductive health and rights and technical assistance to governments and service providers to make sexual and reproductive health services more responsive to the needs of young women and adolescents girls.

Expected results 

The expected results for this project include: (1) strengthened women’s economic opportunities and participation in targeted Caribbean countries, including addressing the unequal distribution of unpaid and domestic care work in communities and households; (2) improved gender-responsive social protection systems, especially for women and marginalized groups; and (3) enhanced quality and accessibility of sexual and reproductive health and rights frameworks and services for women and adolescent girls, especially for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) United Nations Women completed hiring of project staff in all four participating Eastern Caribbean countries (Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia and Saint-Vincent and the Grenadines), and the Build Back Equal project director, based in Barbados; and (2) United Nations Women in collaboration with United Nations Population Fund is in the process of finalizing its baseline, social and environmental assessments and conducting consultations with participating Eastern Caribbean countries to finalize the design of project activities.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $1,750,000
Planned disbursement $1,250,000
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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