Country / Region profile of: Barbados

Barbadian women continue to work toward achieving equality on all fronts with men. Women in Barbados are protected under the Domestic Violence (Protection Orders) Act and the Sexual Offences Act of 1992. Barbados has not been involved in any major conflicts or wars in recent history. Barbados ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on 16 October 1980 and ratified the Arms Trade Treaty on 20 May 2015. Barbados did not participate in the UNSC Open Debate on WPS in October 2017, and there is no National Action Plan in place to implement the UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. There is no available data on the military spendings of Barbados at this time. Currently, Barbados is listed at 23 of the 144 countries in the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) of 2017. Women and civil society in Barbados continue to work to ensure economic, social and political equality for women. 

"One way of encapsulating the commonality of the various issues faced by young women in the region is to think about women and citizenship. Caribbean (Jamaican) legal feminist scholar Tracey Robinson makes the point that not only are women considered second-class citizens but that citizenship is considered secondary for women. For young women, this understanding of citizenship is even more heightened. Young women are not considered a political constituency. This has implications for their economic empowerment, sexual and reproductive health and rights and gendered experiences of violence and harassment." - Tonya Haynes