The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) works for: the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; empowerment of women; and achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. The UN Women Multi-Country Office (MCO) – Caribbean located in Barbados, covers the English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean. Over the past 20 years UN Women, formerly UNIFEM has worked to consolidate and/or build partnerships and enhance collaboration with women’s organizations, government, academia and civil society. The main roles of UN Women are: To support inter-governmental bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, in their formulation of policies, global standards and norms. To help Member States to implement these standards, standing ready to provide suitable technical and financial support to those countries that request it, and to forge effective partnerships with civil society. To support the UN System in holding itself to account in implementing its commitments on gender equality, including regular monitoring of system-wide progress UN Women supports governments and non-governmental organisations in ensuring the voice of the Caribbean is heard in the global and regional governing processes, including…
Ms. M. Alison Mclean is the UN Women Representative for the Multi-Country Office (MCO) - Caribbean.   Alison brings over 30 years of experience in international relations, project management and leadership.  Alison joins UN Women from the Ministry of Culture, Gender Entertainment and Sports in Jamaica where she served as Permanent Secretary.  Prior to her appointment as Permanent Secretary, Alison served as the Chief Technical Director/Principal Director of the Office of the Prime Minister in Jamaica and her portfolio of responsibilities included gender affairs. Having served across the Caribbean and the United States advocating for the rights of the most vulnerable, Alison worked as a Special Advocate for Children in the US and as the Chief Executive Officer for the Child Development Agency in Jamaica.    She also spent nearly two (2) decades lecturing at the University of the West Indies on International Relations and Negotiations. Alison is a national of Jamaica.  She holds a Master of Philosophy Degree in International Relations from Cambridge University.