Child Support, Poverty and Gender Equality in the Caribbean - Phase II

This project aims to inform policy on both the content and administration of family law in the Caribbean, and to facilitate integration of legal and social protection systems. Based on the research findings from the previous phase (102617), researchers will formulate a multi-pronged advocacy strategy around the themes of valuing women's labour and encouraging increased responsibility of fathers in the lives of their children. Both concerns are at the core of advancing women's equality in the Caribbean. Outputs of the project will include draft model legislation (including child support guidelines) to address the application and enforcement of child support provisions; a court-based social communications strategy on gender equality, shared family responsibility and child support; and a research approach to social protection systems related to child support. The results will be presented at the 2009 Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) ministerial meeting of the social development sector entitled the Council for Human and Social Development.

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Start Date

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

End Date

Friday, September 30, 2011


12 months

IDRC Officer

Cos-Montiel, Franscisco

Total funding

CA$ 200,200


North and Central America, South America, West Indies


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Roberta Clarke



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