Catalogue of Services for the Economic Empowerment of Women

The UWI- Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business, in collaboration with the Joint European Union-United Nations Spotlight Initiative, recently developed a Catalogue of Services for the Economic Empowerment of Women. The Catalogue of Services is an output of the Spotlight Initiative, a global, multi-year partnership between the European Union and the United Nations, to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls by 2030. Trinidad and Tobago has been selected as one of six Caribbean countries to receive funding from the Initiative.

The Catalogue is a resource guide for victims and survivors of gender-based violence who seek support services to enhance their economic empowerment and increase their autonomy, making them less dependent on their abusive partners. It can also be used by support organisations to respond to violence against women and girls, including family violence.

Target Audience:

Female survivors and children of domestic/family violence; members of other at-risk and marginalised populations such as migrants/refugees, sex workers, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) community and persons with disabilities.

Target Regions:

Tunapuna/Piarco, Mayaro/Rio Claro or Tobago. However, this resource can be utilised by anyone to whom the services prove to be beneficial.

How is it Organised?

The Catalogue is available in English and Spanish and showcases the services offered to survivors by fifty four (54) organisations. It is colour-coded and divided into seven (7) categories: Financial Services; Business Development and Entrepreneurship; Life Skills; Education and Training; Networking and Socialization; Counselling, Mentoring and Coaching; and Social Services

Where Available:

Print versions of the Catalogue are available at various partner entities in the three target regions such as police stations, supermarkets, health facilities, places of worship and NGOs.