Call for expression of interest: Gender at Work in the Caribbean

The ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean in Port of Spain is pleased to launch a call for the Expression of Interest (EoI) to improve the ILO knowledge base on gender dimensions in the world of work in the Caribbean and how they are currently addressed. The findings will be used to underpin the mainstreaming of gender as a cross-cutting policy driver in the decent work outcomes pursued by the constituents in the Caribbean.

News | 15 December 2016
Background
To mark the commitment of ILO constituents to gender equality and as the Organization approaches its centenary in 2019, the Director General launched the Women at Work Centenary Initiative1 to take stock of the status and conditions of women in the world of work, and identify innovative action that could give new impetus to the ILO’s work on full gender equality and non-discrimination2 . It aims to engage ILO constituents, civil society and all women and men in concerted action to achieve these goals. Further, the Initiative aims to better understand, and to address, why progress on delivering on decent work for women has been so slow globally. The Initiative is therefore key to delivering on the transformative agenda called for in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the Heads of State at the United Nations in 2015.
At this point we do not have a comprehensive overview of the situation in the Caribbean, hence the reason for commissioning this consultancy work.


Objective
In March 2016, the ILO published the Women at Work - Trends 2016 - report3 , which presents and analyses the Global trends in a number of gender and work related dimensions. Taking this publication as a reference guide, this consultancy work will zero in on the Caribbean to establish an up to date and comprehensive picture of initially 5 member States covered by the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica and St Lucia 4.
This research is to contribute to SDG 5 on Gender Equality, SDG 8 on Decent Work and Economic Growth, and SDG 10 on Inequalities, as well as the UN Women initiative on 50 50 by 2030. Analysis by UN Women in St. Lucia shows that more men than women are unemployed up to the age of 30. Men drop out of school and have average lower education. However, over the age of 30, more women than men are unemployed. Also, women predominantly work in public service5. It would be important to confirm if this is the trend across the Caribbean, the underlying reasons for it and the consequences in terms of equal opportunities.


1. Women at Work Centenary Initiative - /global/about-the-ilo/history/centenary/WCMS_480301/lang--en/index.htm
2.Report of the Director-General, GB.322/INS/13/2, September 2014; See also ILO: Report of the Director-General, Towards the ILO centenary: Realities, renewal and tripartite commitment, ILC, 102nd Session, Geneva, 2013, paragraph 154
3. Women at Work - Trends 2016 - report - /wcmsp5/groups/public/---dgreports/---dcomm/---publ/documents/publication/wcms_457317.pdf
4. Member States: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago. Non-metropolitan territories: Anguilla, Aruba, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Montserrat, Sint Maarten, Turks and Caicos Islands.
5.One example of analysis that has been done is reflected in the UN Women report on Gender and Labour in St Lucia. A policy brief is available: http://caribbean.unwomen.org/en/materials/publications/2016/06/gender-and-labour-in-st-lucia-evidence-from-household-surveys#view