Using a gendered approach, analytical development lenses, intersectionality inclusive of a gender-power lens we have prioritized our work into the undermentioned five focus or thematic areas

FOCUS AREAS

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Violence against women and girls in the Caribbean and Latin America continues to rapidly increase thus placing the region as the most violent in the world for women outside of a conflict context. UNDP and UN Women report 2017

 

Violence against women and girls is a global problem which undermines their development, adversely affects their sexual and reproductive health, and impedes their education, economic advancement and their ability to become autonomous and self-sustainable.

 

It is therefore crucial that we work towards challenging and changing the systems and institutions which enable cultures and environments of violence such as: gender-based violence, domestic and family violence, intimate partner violence, sexual harassment and sexual and economic exploitation.

 

Using our new program development model O.A.B.I will engage Community members, Civil Society actors including youth-led organisations, various state agencies, Academic Institutions, Private Enterprises and International organisations, with the aim of developing working partnerships to facilitate consciousness raising environments of learning, self-discovery and development using a variety of participatory and experiential learning methods, facilitate various community, and group activities. This initiative includes specialised activities for women, girls, men and boys.

ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS

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Whether we are ready for it or not, social change is intensifying with each passing year, often morphing unpredictably, destabilizing and fracturing the foundations of our communities and cultures. It is therefore imperative that we work collaboratively with the widest possible array of present and future leaders in addressing, adapting to and preparing for the rapidly evolving challenges of the 21st Century. Individual families, communities, schools, organizations, and youth populations are in vital need of the competencies and skills necessary to understand, reduce and manage conflicts, to prevent violent expressions of conflict, to create environments of peaceful co-existence, to build sustainable, inclusive, safe, progressive and productive environments, and to develop in the art of transformative leadership.

 

As we come to see clearly that internal family, community and organizational (within public, private and civil society sectors) conflict endangers the health and wellbeing of individuals, reduces production, retards progress and breeds unhealthy environments for family members, employees, employers and customers, it is clear that no family, community or organizational sector or institution in the Caribbean is spared. Violent expressions of conflict within family, communities and organizations can manifest themselves unpredictably, anywhere at any time, leaving individuals constantly insecure, nervous, suspicious and guarded.  Individual family and community life is always negatively affected by unmanaged.

 

The intersections of family, community, school and organization conflicts undermine the safety, security, and inclusion of citizens.  It fosters volatile environments, enable breeding grounds for crime, criminal acts and violent expressions of conflict, and institutionalises ladders of oppression and retards social, economic, political and gender justice and development. Unmanaged conflict, violent expressions of conflict and conflict intersections all act as barriers to the realisation of sustainable development. For many individuals, personal safety, security and freedom is an elusive dream, regardless of how free their country may be.

 

In the Caribbean, many individuals are exposed to social and economic challenges of various forms every day, and experience severe difficulties in finding and expressing their voice, autonomy, and identity. Violent expressions of conflict are far too commonplace, and constantly undermine the social and sustainable development of families, communities, and organizations. If individuals in these contexts lack the skills, abilities, tools and knowledge to make informed decisions, successfully navigating through these challenges can be extremely difficult, and those who might otherwise become productive and beneficial members of society are too often tangled up within these communities and cultures of violence, destroying their quality of life, harming those close to them, and wasting their human potential.  Conflict can be incredibly fertile soil for social change, but only for those with the knowledge and skills to transform it. This program will bridge the gap.

CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION AND PEACEBUILDING - Building Resilient Communities and Crime Prevention and Reduction.

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Building women and girls capacity is necessary so they can effectively and actively participate in the decision-making processes within their own families, communities and society.  Too often women are excluded from decision-making process. Empowering women and girls will equip them with the skills, tools, experiences and knowledge necessary to take their rightful place around decision-making tables at all levels in society (family, community, local government and at national levels). 

 

When women are well informed and equipped their interactions and work can change the trajectory of communities and countries. Working with women and girls to understand their leadership potential will not only close the gender gap and challenge gender stereotypes and sex discrimination it will emancipate, transform and challenge women to act and use their voices to hold leaders accountable.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS

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Data-driven development is a critical process for gender equality. The importance of data gathering, data analysis and developing information ecosystems is paramount as the world moves in the direction of sustainable development.   

 

Research will guide in the development of creative and innovative ways to combat, prevent and eliminate gender-based violence and all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls. 

 

Research also allows for the creation of effective laws and policies and helps states to understand the economic impact and cost of violence and how it affects the citizenship, education, health and well-being, livelihoods and agency of women, girls, men and boys as the experiences of each differ. 

 

O.A.B.I intends to embark on collaborative social research using quantitative and qualitative methodologies. We will partner with experts, academic institutions, international organisations, civil society and various state agencies. We will establish an internship system to garner research conducted by young people.

SOCIAL RESEARCH - Action and Evidence-based

Government Building

Participatory and inclusive governance is good social and economic business sense for any country. Inclusive governance helps with the creation of effective governance structures, legislative frameworks, policies and builds strong institutions which enable the perpetuation and perpetration of violence-free environments and societies.

 

It allows for institutions to be effective, efficient, adaptive and responsive in the face of growing challenges and widening inequality. Top-down approaches continue to enable exclusion and institutionalised and systemic discrimination which leads to the depersonalisation of people. Citizens then become passive, disfranchised, and clients of the state.

 

Using our inclusive governance model O.A.B.I will work with communities and local government councils to raise awareness using participatory and emancipatory learning approaches to facilitate training and activities around participatory planning, gendered budgeting, and gender responsive public services. With the aim of implementing two pilot projects around this area.

STRENGTHEN LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORKS, POLICIES AND INSTITUTIONS

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