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Royal Caribbean and PADF Launch STEM for Oceans Education in the Bahamas

Royal Caribbean and PADF Launch STEM for Oceans Education in the Bahamas

With support from Royal Caribbean Ltd., the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is launching an innovative STEM for Oceans education initiative in the Bahamas. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education has increasingly been recognized as a key driver for opportunity in countries worldwide. In the Caribbean, the need to develop a STEM-skilled workforce presents a critical challenge.

Local Leaders, Community Members to Unite in Conferences Against Gender Violence

#16days, #OrangeTheWorld, #EndGBV

Nassau, Bahamas (December 5, 2017) — The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is hosting four events in the Bahamas to combat gender based violence with funds from the U.S. Government.

The events seek to unite local police, raise awareness and discuss issues surrounding violence against women and girls. Gender based violence “constitutes a major public health issue” in the Bahamas, according to a 2015 report by the Bahamas Ministry of Social Services and Community Development. The Bahamas ranks among the highest in recorded incidents of rape in the world, beckoning an urgent response.

“Violence against women plagues communities in the Bahamas,” said Roberto Obando, Program Director of the Caribbean at PADF. “By increasing awareness and uniting the right people, communities can identify actionable steps to eliminate gender based violence. Together, we can prevent violence from happening and react appropriately when it occurs.”

The events are part of the Women’s Initiative for Non-Violence and Development (WIND), an 18-month project which seeks to improve the effectiveness of law enforcement, the justice sector and communities to respond to and prevent gender based violence in the Bahamas.

PADF will hold conferences in Nassau, Exuma, Long Island and Cat Island, coinciding with the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (IDEVAW). This year, the IDEVAW campaign focuses on “Leaving no one Behind,” especially women and girls who are underserved and marginalized, including victims of disaster and conflict.

“Violence against women is a global problem,” said Penny Rechkemmer, Public Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy in the Bahamas. “Our hope is that through WIND events, stakeholders will receive the tools needed to take the message of prevention back to their own communities. We are also committed to providing nonprofits in the Bahamas with the information needed to succeed and grow.”

All events are free. Registration is required. To participate, please e-mail wind@padf.org.

Conference Schedule:

Nassau, New Providence
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
9:00 am - 3:15 pm. Registration starts at 8:30 am
The Paul Farquharson Center

Exuma
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Registration starts at 9:30 am
The Resource Center
George Town

Long Island
Friday, December 8, 2017
10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Registration starts at 9:30 am
Community Center
Clarence Town Long Island

Cat Island
Saturday, December 9, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Registration starts at 8:30am
Knowles Media Center  

About PADF

The Pan American Development Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, brings together many stakeholders to improve livelihoods, empower communities, strengthen civil society, support human rights, protect the environment and respond to natural disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean. Established by the Organization of American States in 1962, PADF has worked in every country in the region. In the last decade, PADF has reached more than 92 million people, investing over $600 million in development resources throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. For more information, visit www.padf.org.

Conference on Crime Prevention in the Caribbean

Paramaribo, Suriname (June 13, 2017) – The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) will host a regional crime prevention conference in Paramaribo, Suriname. The event will bring together stakeholders from several Caribbean countries to exchange best practices, tools and discuss challenges in addressing crime and violence.

Since 2013, PADF has been implementing a regional program that uses a community-based approach to reduce crime and violence among at-risk youth in the Caribbean. Funded by the U.S. State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, the Resistance and Prevention Program (RAPP) encourages collaboration between law enforcement agencies, government institutions and community groups in Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the Bahamas.

“Our crime prevention activities have touched thousands of lives in the Caribbean,” says Roberto Obando, PADF Program Director. “This conference is a unique opportunity to bring together participants from around the region to talk about what’s working and what can be improved. Only by working together can we address the root causes of crime.”

To date, the RAPP program has reached more than 8,000 people through crime prevention and community policing programs. The program’s main objective is to build mutual trust between police and law enforcement so that communities can work hand in hand with officials to prevent crime.

Representatives from Trinidad, the Bahamas and Suriname are expected to attend the conference, including senior police officers, lawyers, magistrates, citizen security experts and staff from government ministries including education, national security and urban renewal. 

“We are encouraged by the amount of collaboration and community engagement around reducing crime in the Caribbean,” says Julisara Mathew, Economic Officer of the U.S. Embassy. “The goal is to build on the work that has been done with the RAPP program and continue the dialogue about finding long-term solutions to address crime and violence.”

The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. on June 13, 2017 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Paramaribo, and will include remarks by representatives from the U.S. Embassy and the Government of Suriname. Some of the speakers are: Jody Witt from the University of Colorado, Andrew Stroude, former Magistrate of Trinidad & Tobago; Catherine DeLaura and Molly Hamm from the Dream Project in the Dominican Republic;  Courtney Brown, from the USAID-funded crime prevention program in Guyana; Hans De Greve from Suriname, and many other scholars and practitioners in the field of citizen security and justice.

The two-day workshop will include discussions on juvenile justice reform, inter-agency collaboration, community engagement to conduct crime prevention activities, school-based crime interventions, youth positive development programs, evidence-based practices to reduce crime and more.

PADF works as a strong advocate for positive youth development throughout the region. Our initiatives focus on employment generation, leadership training, crime and violence prevention and civic participation.

About PADF

The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is an affiliate of the Organization of American States. It was established in 1962 to implement projects that benefit vulnerable and excluded people in Latin America and the Caribbean through the development of public-private partnerships and promotion of corporate social investing. In 2016, the foundation mobilized $95 million, reaching more than 8 million people in 18 countries. www.padf.org

Bahamian Students Tour Police Headquarters

(Nassau, Bahamas) On Wednesday March 8th, 2017, Pan American Development Foundation representatives along with 31 students of C.V. Bethel Senior High School visited police headquarters on an activity tour. 

During the tour, the group were given demonstrations by officers of the National Crime Prevention Office, Police K-9 Unit and Drug Enforcement Units. 

The group was led by Mrs. Charo Morley; country Coordinator Pan American Development foundation, Dr. Natasha Tuletta- US Certified RAPP Facilitator and Ms. Murray Guidance Councilor at C.V. Bethel.

PADF Visits Police Headquarters with Bahamas Students

 

(Nassau, Bahamas) On Friday March 10th, 2017, Pan American Development Foundation representatives along with 31 students of C.V. Bethel Senior High School visited police headquarters on an activity tour. 

During the tour, the group were given demonstrations by officers of the Mobile Department, Fire Department and Drug Enforcement Units. 

The group was led by Mrs. Charo Morley; country Coordinator Pan American Development foundation, Dr. Natasha Tuletta- US Certified RAPP Facilitator and Ms. Murray Guidance Councilor at C.V. Bethel.

The Abaconian | PADF Launches Women's Non-Violence Initiative in Bahamas

The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) launched a program to raise awareness regarding gender-based violence in The Bahamas on Nov. 29 through Dec. 2.

The program is called the Women’s Initiative for Non-Violence and Development (WIND).

Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL), WIND “seeks to improve the capacity of law enforcement, the justice sector and communities to respond to and prevent gender based violence in The Bahamas.” WIND also raises awareness and shares information and best practices among agencies to best address the issue.

WIND conferences took place free of charge on New Providence, Grand Bahama, Cat Island, and at the Anglican Parish Hall on Abaco in observance of the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (IDEVAW), which takes place on Nov. 25.

Valerie Dean, president of the Rotary Club of Abaco, was the moderator. The Rotary Club partnered with PADF for the event.

According to Maria Elena Nazar, PADF’s program manager, there was a great amount of engagement and participation from everyone attending the conferences.

“It’s amazing that this is a topic that is currently being discussed in The Bahamas, and everybody wants to talk about it, share their perspective and definitely break the silence,” Nazar said. “We are very happy to be here; this initiative will take 14 months to implement.

“Our program consists of different components – one large component is grants that will be awarded to different organizations that will participate in a formal proposal process. We look forward to all of the great results that we are going to have here in The Bahamas.”

She said that gender-based violence appears to be a major issue based on the perspectives of those who spoke during the conference, and agreed that it is an issue that affects men as well as women.

“It’s about finding a common ground where both actors can come together – not as male or female – but as individuals, as humans.”

A 2015 report published by the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development, confirmed that gender-based violence is a major public health issue, and that The Bahamas is the leading Caribbean country with the highest recorded occurrences of rape in the world.

The keynote speaker was Miriam Roache, principal expert on gender-based violence from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. During her remarks, Roache shared some of her perspectives on gender-based violence.

“The main causes of gender-based violence are rooted in discrimination and gender inequalities based on gender roles. It is one of the most pervasive human rights violations of the world and has enormous physical and emotional consequences for its victims,” Roache stated.

Although she mentioned that there are numerous obstacles faced by The Bahamas, she outlined a list of resources that are available in terms of legislation and significant advances made to prevent violence against women.

“Thus we must continue to be determined to make a difference; we have a civil and moral responsibility to end violence against women. We must continue to pledge the use of our good offices to remove this scourge. It is incumbent on all of us to put our hearts and heads together to effect – change – to end violence against women,” she challenged.

Opening remarks were also made by Pastor Silbert Mills, CEO of the Bahamas Christian Network (BCN); Charo Morley, PADF country coordinator; John Bush, political officer of the U.S. Department of State; and Island Administrator Charles Moss.

Panelists included: Supt. Hilton Cash of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF); Ettamae Jones, senior welfare officer of the Dept. of Social Services; Devina Leach, counselor; and Valerie Pratt, clinic administrator of the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic.

Each of the panelists presented their gender-based violence concerns within their areas of work, and later carried out a question and answer session with the participantsrepresenting various government agencies. They were separated into five groups and given a list of guiding questions to discuss.

The questions addressed challenges faced by the community regarding gender-based violence, perceptions and stereotypes, who is most affected by it, a list of organizations that provide support, any affected groups not attended to, areas that needed strengthening, and the main message of raising awareness about gender-based violence.

Caribbean News Now | Raising Awareness About Gender-based Violence in Bahamas

FREEPORT, Bahamas -- With funding from the US government, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is launching a women’s initiative for non-violence in The Bahamas. 

Gender-based violence “constitutes a major public health issue” in The Bahamas, according to a 2015 report published by the Bahamas ministry of social services and community development. Three Caribbean countries have among the highest recorded incidents of rape in the world: The Bahamas, followed by St Vincent and the Grenadines and Jamaica, the report states. 

The Women’s Initiative for Non-Violence and Development (WIND) seeks to improve the capacity of law enforcement, the justice sector and communities to respond to and prevent gender-based violence in The Bahamas. The initiative aims to raise awareness and share information and best practices among agencies in order to better address this issue. 

PADF will host four conferences around the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (IDEVAW), observed on November 25. 

The first WIND conference will be held in Freeport, Grand Bahama on November 29, followed by a conference in Nassau, New Providence, on December 1. Additional events will be held in Marsh Harbour, Abaco (Dec 2); and Knowles, Cat Island (Dec 2). 

“The key to combatting gender-based violence is to bring it out into the open,” said Liza Mantilla, director of disaster management of PADF. “The first step is awareness. In order to tackle the problem head-on, we need to talk about it. Together, we can find ways that communities can work together to react appropriately when it occurs, but also to prevent it from happening.” 

This year’s United Nations observance highlights the need for funding for initiatives that prevent and end gender-based violence. According to the UN’s UNiTE campaign, adequate funding is essential to bring “real and significant changes in the lives of women and girls.” 

With support from the US government, WIND will also provide financial support through grants to nonprofits in The Bahamas to strengthen their programming. 

“Violence against women is a global problem,” says a US embassy spokesperson. “Our hope is that through WIND events, stakeholders will receive the tools needed to take the message of prevention back to their own communities. We are also committed to supporting nonprofits in the Bahamas that are already carrying out the important work of violence prevention and to provide them with the information needed to succeed and grow.” 

PADF operates throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to generate economic opportunities, advance social progress, strengthen civil society, and prepare for and respond to natural disasters and humanitarian crises. In 2015, the Foundation reached more than 17 million people in 21 countries. Headquartered in Washington D.C., PADF has field offices and projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Program to Raise Awareness about Gender Based Violence in Bahamas

U.S. Government Funds Conferences, Grants to Combat Violence Against Women

Freeport, Grand Bahama (November 29, 2016) — With funding from the U.S. Government, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is launching a women’s initiative for non-violence in the Bahamas.                          

Gender based violence “constitutes a major public health issue” in the Bahamas, according to a 2015 report published by the Bahamas Ministry of Social Services and Community Development. Three Caribbean countries have among the highest recorded incidents of rape in the world: The Bahamas, followed by St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Jamaica, the report states.

The Women’s Initiative for Non-Violence and Development (WIND) seeks to improve the capacity of law enforcement, the justice sector and communities to respond to and prevent gender based violence in the Bahamas. The initiative aims to raise awareness and share information and best practices among agencies in order to better address this issue.

PADF will host four conferences around the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (IDEVAW), observed on November 25.

The first WIND conference will be held in Freeport, Grand Bahama on November 29, followed by a conference in Nassau, New Providence, on December 1. Additional events will be held in Marsh Harbour, Abaco (Dec 2); and Knowles, Cat Island (Dec 2). 

“The key to combatting gender-based violence is to bring it out into the open,” says Liza Mantilla, Director of Disaster Management of PADF. “The first step is awareness. In order to tackle the problem head-on, we need to talk about it. Together, we can find ways that communities can work together to react appropriately when it occurs, but also to prevent it from happening.”

This year’s United Nations observance highlights the need for funding for initiatives that prevent and end gender-based violence. According to the UN’s UNiTE campaign, adequate funding is essential to bring “real and significant changes in the lives of women and girls.”

With support from the U.S. Government, WIND will also provide financial support through grants to nonprofits in the Bahamas to strengthen their programing

“Violence against women is a global problem,” says a U.S. EMBASSY Spokesperson. “Our hope is that through WIND events, stakeholders will receive the tools needed to take the message of prevention back to their own communities. We are also committed to supporting nonprofits in the Bahamas that are already carrying out the important work of violence prevention and to provide them with the information needed to succeed and grow.”

All events are free. Registration required. To participate, e-mail wind@padf.org. 

Women’s Initiative for Non-Violence and Development (WIND) Conference Schedule: 

Freeport, Grand Bahama
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
9:00 am - 3:00 pm Registration starts at 8:30 am
Cornelius A. Smith
Complex
Mall Drive

Nassau, New Providence
Thursday, December 1, 2016
9:00 am - 3:00 pm Registration starts at 8:30 am
Grace Community Church Herbert L. Treco
Fellowship & Hospitality Centre
21 Grace Avenue, Palmetto Village
(Off Marathon Road)

Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Friday, December 2, 2016
9:00 am - 3:00 pm Registration starts at 8:30 am
Burial Society
Dundas Town 

Knowles, Cat Island
Friday, December 2, 2016
9:00 am - 3:00 pm Registration starts at 8:30 am
Media Center
Knowles Village 

Caribbean Braces for Hurricane Matthew

NASA/NOAA GOES Project

601,241
IN SHELTERS
(HAITI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, JAMAICA CUBA)

300,000 
IN HAITI
NEED IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE

 

 

Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti Tuesday morning.

  •  High waves combined with excessive rainfall, hurricane-force winds and storm surges could cause extensive damage, primarily in coastal areas.
  • United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) teams have arrived in Jamaica and Haiti and are supporting national efforts.
  •  The National Emergency Operations Centres (COE) in Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica remain on alert
  • 340,000 people in 1,300 emergency shelters in Haiti
  • 251,795 people in some 218 shelters in Cuba, most of them with families or friends
  • 900 people in shelters in Jamaica
  • 73,000 people affected in Colombia

PADF's Disaster Management team is closely monitoring the situation and is reaching out to potential local NGO partners to collaborate in an emergency if international assistance is requested after the passing of the hurricane.

Building Trust Between Youth and Law Enforcement

Last month, Bahamian students received a tour of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Headquarters in Nassau. The event was sponsored by the Resistance and Prevention (RAPP) program, which uses a community-centered approach to help police and other officials prevent youth crime. 

Funded by the U.S. State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and implemented by PADF, RAPP includes community programs that allow young people to learn more about the justice system and vice versa. The goal is to build mutual trust between the police, the government and Bahamian youth.

At-risk youth from the Fort Charlotte Urban Renewal Summer Camp participated in the the job shadowing event led by Officer Humphrey Bain. They learned about the Canine, Mobile Fire and Drug Enforcement units and came away with a clearer picture of what police do every day.

Youth violence stems from complex issues, including trouble at home and lack of access to social services, so the prevention involves a tiered approach. “It’s important to address these issues collectively and from an inter-agency perspective,” says Caterina Valero, PADF Senior Programs Director. “It’s also important to change young people’s perception of the police. Many youth think of the police as the enemy, rather than an ally.”