First Ladies and Spouses of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) launched its network, Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) to tackle issues related to the health and well being of women, adolescents and children in the Caribbean. SCLAN is the advocacy and action platform to advance the Every Caribbean Women Every Caribbean Child (ECWECC) initiative, now re-titled Caribbean Woman Caribbean Child (CariWaC)”.
The Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) is a non-governmental organization endorsed by CARICOM Heads of Government at their Inter-Sessional Meeting in Guyana in February 2017. It was formally established last September, with Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, spouse of the Prime Minister of Belize, being elected Chair. SCLAN’s mission is a Caribbean free from HIV, gender-based violence, teenage pregnancy and cervical cancer, with long term goals set forth by the global community including former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Every Woman, Every Child Global Initiative and the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030).

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First Lady Kim Simplis Barrow speaks on genesis of SCLAN and UNFPA partnership

First Lady Kim Simplis Barrow speaks of the UNFPA partnership and shares the genesis of the Spouses of the CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) and the focus on four main areas: GBV, HIV/Aids, Adolescent pregnancy and Cevical cancer. She was addressing a UNFPA Caribbean media team on the 12th of December 2017 at her office in Belize City.