Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, Frankie Campbell called on the United Nations System to partner with The Bahamas in its quest to improve protection of the rights of women and girls.
“Allow me to also recall the number of challenges highlighted throughout today’s dialogue, and to invite you and the United Nations System to partner with us through the provision of technical assistance in order to bolster our efforts in the protection of the rights of women and girls,” he said.
The following areas of interest for assistance were highlighted: training for members of the judiciary on CEDAW; strengthening the organizational capacity of civil society;
harnessing the leadership achieved by women in public life toward sustainable avenues for women’s progress; implementation of the National Gender Policy and National Gender-Based Violence Plan; dis-aggregated data collection, analysis and reporting.
Minister Campbell made the appeal at the closing session of the 71st Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women [the Sixth Periodic State Report of The Bahamas under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women] (CEDAW), on Thursday, October 25, 2018. A Bahamian delegation represented The Bahamas at UN CEDAW, which is ongoing in Geneva, Switzerland from October 22 to November 9, 2018.
Campbell expressed profound gratitude on behalf of The Government for the opportunity to present to CEDAW an overview of its efforts in the implementation of CEDAW.
He emphasized that the preparatory process for the review involved an “extensive” and “diverse” set of representatives across sectors of government and civil society including representatives from the differently-abled community.
“Indeed, we hope to be able to report to you, at our next review, the additional progress made toward the full implementation of the CEDAW in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. I also wish to reiterate my earlier invitation to you to come to The Bahamas to see, first hand, what we are doing.
“As I stated at the outset, the achievement of gender equality and the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women is a journey and not a destination. Nevertheless, I assure you that The Bahamas is fully committed to walking this important path with courage and with stamina,” said Minister Campbell.