Workshops for representatives of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) were held in February in several Caribbean states on the three areas programmed for DECIDES Caribbean: 1) research methodology, data collection and analysis; 2) project cycle management, funding opportunities and international cooperation; and 3) advocacy and lobbying. The DECIDES Caribbean project seeks to strengthen the capacity of CSOs to document and analyse domestic violence within their remit. CARIWA, one of the partners implementing the project, was responsible for organising the workshops in Dominica, Granada, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Another partner, ASPIRE, organised the workshop in Saint Lucia (pictured). Around 20 participants attended each workshop. Also last month, DECIDES Caribbean representatives held meetings with local authorities in St. Lucia and Antigua and Barbuda with a view to improving laws on domestic violence, factoring in the voice of CSOs that work directly with victims. Furthermore, both states have held public presentations to raise awareness of the DECIDES Caribbean goals and activities.

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