The Partnership for Peace Programme is a court mandated programme, but allows for someone to volunteer on becoming a part of the programme. Please view the steps for the Partnership for Peace Programme on this website or you can contact the Office of Gender Affairs for more information.
The Office of Gender Affairs deals with both males and females.
The Office of Gender Affairs supports victims by guiding them to the relevant agencies that could provide assistance. This is usually done through an intake process. The office is policy oriented and does not have the capacity to offer any other services to the client.
The international observations celebrated by the Office of Gender Affairs include:
- International Women's Day on 8th March;
- Men's Health Week in June;
- Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October;
- 16 Days of Activism from 25th November (International Day for the Elimination to end Violence against Women) to 10th December (International Human Rights Day).
The objectives of the Office of Gender Affairs are:
- To comply with the United Nations Conventions that promotes gender equality and equity accepted by the Government of the Virgin Islands (British)
- To continually raise awareness about gender in the quest for a sustained and equitable society
- To ensure the full enjoyment by all of their fundamental human rights and freedoms
The mandate of the Office of Gender Affairs is to promote gender equality and equity through programs and policies, in an effort to comply with the Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and in preparation for periodic reviews to achieve a gender just society.
The Office of Gender Affairs falls under the Ministry of Health and Social Development.
The Office of Gender Affairs offers informational sessions to the public in the form of presentations at organisations, businesses, community groups and churches.
The office was first established in 1992 as the Women's Desk under the Chief Minister's Office. It was renamed in 2001 to the Office of Gender Affairs to reflect equality and equity for both males and females.
The Office of Gender Affairs is located at the Mill Mall on Wickhams Cay I.