The Knowledge Fair

November 1, 2023
Event Details

05 - 08 November 2023

Bridgetown, Barbados

The Knowledge Fair

The Knowledge Fair “Empowering Voices, Ending Gender-Based Violence", led by UNDP in the framework of the Spotlight Initiative Caribbean Regional Programme, is an innovative gathering that aims to tackle Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the Caribbean. Set in Bridgetown, Barbados, from November 6th to 8th, 2023, this knowledge fair brings together a diverse community of stakeholders committed to addressing and Family Violence (FV). The fair, organized under the auspices of the Spotlight Initiative Caribbean Regional Programme, seeks to foster cooperation, partnerships, and knowledge exchange among governments, civil society, academia, and grassroots communities. Through dynamic discussions, artistic expressions, and interactive sessions, the knowledge fair provides a platform for showcasing successful initiatives, celebrating actors, and promoting cultural and behavioral change. The fair will pave the way for transformative and sustainable progress towards a Caribbean free from GBV and FV.  

The knowledge fair seeks to celebrate the efforts of diverse actors who have contributed to addressing GBV and FV in the Caribbean. The fair's themes and criteria, collaboratively developed with Recipient UN Organizations (RUNOs) prioritize innovation, coordination, intersectionality, cultural relevance, sustainability, and replicability. A "Coalition of the Willing," comprising UN Regional Agencies, UN Country Offices, the Spotlight Regional Programme, the Civil Society Regional Reference Group and regional allies -RUNOs, Civil Society Reference Groups, Regional institutions and CSOs working on GBV, Implementing Partners, Academia working on Gender Studies, among others-, will curate the program, ensuring a diverse and impactful selection of proposals. The knowledge fair will provide a transformative space for sharing knowledge, fostering networks, and amplifying collective efforts to addressing GBV and FV and empower Caribbean voices for lasting change. 


The Spotlight Initiative

The Spotlight Initiative is a multi-year program generously funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations aimed at addressing all forms of violence against women and girls, and harmful practices globally

In the Caribbean, the Spotlight Initiative is working with governments, regional mechanisms and civil society organizations to address all forms of violence against women and girls, including family violence, by raising awareness, establishing and implementing laws and policies and improving quality essential services for survivors and data

Learn more here




The Call for Proposals 

In the framework of the Knowledge Fair “Empowering Voices, Ending Gender-Based Violence” an Advisory Group comprised by UN agencies (UNDP, UN Women, UNFPA and UNICEF), The Regional Civil Society Reference Group, the Programme Management Unit, the EU and CARICOM, launched a “Call for Proposals”. The call looked for promising Caribbean as well as global experiences to showcase during the Fair

This call involved initiatives aimed at proactively stopping acts of violence, encompassing educational programs, cultural interventions, the transformation of societal norms, youth engagement, and collaboration with the private sector.  

The following initiatives were chosen to be showcased at the Fair, these are initiatives that are currently ongoing or that were launched within the last five years. 


Live Streamming  

Watch the inauguration of The Knowledge Fair “Empowering Voices, Ending Gender-Based Violence" led by UNDP in the framework of the Spotlight Initiative Caribbean Regional Programme as well as video recaps of the event. 




Read the news from The Knowledge Fair “Empowering Voices, Ending Gender-Based Violence" 





Read some of the latest publications led by UNDP under the Spotlight Caribbean Regional Programme presented during the Knowledge Fair “Empowering Voices, Ending Gender-Based Violence.





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