Project profile — Strengthening Political Capacities for Gender-Responsive Governance in the Caribbean


ParlAmericas - Parliamentarians for the Americas (CA-CRA_ACR-3868778606)
2022-03-11 - 2026-04-30
Global Affairs Canada
NGM Americas

Country / region 

• Haiti (7.14%)
• Grenada (7.14%)
• Antigua and Barbuda (7.14%)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines (7.14%)
• Saint Lucia (7.14%)
• Bahamas (7.14%)
• Saint Kitts and Nevis (7.14%)
• Belize (7.15%)
• Jamaica (7.15%)
• Suriname (7.14%)
• Barbados (7.14%)
• Trinidad And Tobago (7.14%)
• Dominica (7.15%)
• Guyana (7.15%)


• Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health: Population policy and administrative management (13010) (30.00%)
• Public finance management:
Public finance management (15111) (30.00%)
Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (40.00%)

Policy marker 

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


This project addresses the political, structural and legislative barriers to gender equality and women’s empowerment, which are both essential to poverty reduction and sustainable development in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries. The project fosters gender-responsive governance for women and vulnerable populations in 14 Caribbean states. Project activities include: (1) advancing legislative practices for gender mainstreaming; (2) providing curricula and advisory services to women’s organizations; and (3) providing technical support to parliamentary stakeholders related to gender-responsive open parliament practices.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased and more meaningful participation of women in all their diversity in political leadership and decision-making processes in the Caribbean; (2) improved access by women to open and gender-responsive governance structures and decision-making processes in the Caribbean; and (3) increased gender-sensitive actions by Caribbean parliamentarians to address regional issues, including sustainable development and climate action.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) delivered a virtual workshop to 97 participants (94 women) on women’s organizations engagement with Parliamentarians; (2) convened a meeting with women presiding officers on strengthening collaboration between parliaments and civil society organizations. This is to promote parliamentary work on gender equality; (3) provided national-level technical support to parliamentary stakeholders in four countries: Belize, Jamaica, The Bahamas, and Trinidad and Tobago. This supports efforts to establish multi-partisan women's caucuses in these respective parliaments; and (4) facilitated the participation of 11 parliamentarians (six women) from eight countries, Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, in the 14th Gathering of the ParlAmericas Parliamentary Network for Gender Equality.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $500,000
Planned disbursement $414,400
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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