Op-Ed: Govt must act to end gender-based violence

By Equality Bahamas Equality Bahamas is hosting a series of events as it observes International Women’s Day and facilitates civic participation in the building of the national gender machinery. Since the World Conference of the International Women’s Year in 1975, there has been increased focus on the gender machinery, described in the Beijing Platform for […]

‘GET MOVING’: Women’s organization says enough talk on gender-based violence & marital rape, time for action

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — As she called on the government to maintain its “gender lens” in all of its decisions, Caribbean Women in Leadership (CIWiL) Chair Charlene Paul said there has been enough talk over the years on removing gender-based violence, including marital rape, via legislation. She said now is the time for the government to “get […]

Op-Ed: Marital rape — shut up or be shamed

By Shervonne Hollis What is disturbing is that many people don’t consider marital rape as rape, mainly if it’s not something happening in a dark alley or there is no gun-to-the-head situation and it doesn’t involve a stranger. It’s the husband, the woman’s spouse. From grandmothers to mothers to daughters, one generation to the next, […]

‘IN THE RIGHT’: Johnson commends PM’s stance on marital rape; encourages govt to act on issue

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Former Minister of State for Legal Affairs Elsworth Johnson yesterday commended Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis for his stance on marital rape, agreeing that “rape is rape” and saying he hopes there will be bipartisan support of changing the law. Johnson said he could not imagine his wife or daughter, when she […]

MARITAL RAPE ‘UTTER NONSENSE’: Religious leader says ‘stay single’ if you want to decline sex

Scores of Bahamians take to social media to weigh in on long-debated issue NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A former associate pastor at Pilgrim Baptist Temple and received some public rebuke yesterday after making several statements that rape is not possible in a marriage and if an individual wishes to maintain the right to decline sex, they […]

NO ABORTION POSITION: Health minister mum on govt’s stance toward controversial issue

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Health Dr Michael Darville yesterday declined to share the Davis administration’s stance on elective abortion and did not provide his views, but said he believes once the public understands the science, “key decisions could be made in terms of policy”. He suggested there could be a symposium in the future […]

MAKING HISTORY: Seven women candidates secure House of Assembly seats in Davis administration

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A record number of seven women candidates won House of Assembly seats in the 2021 General Election on Thursday, with incumbent Englerston MP Glenys Hanna-Martin yielding nearly 75 percent in her constituency.  The official tally of votes remained inconclusive up to press time yesterday, with results expected to be completed by last night. […]

WOMEN TO THE FRONT: Voters talk empowerment at the polls; hope for a female prime minister one day

“We need women’s voices in Parliament, and the more we have, the better I think our country will run”  NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Several women voters voiced their appreciation for the number of female candidates running in the 2021 General Election at the Fox Hill polls yesterday. Patty Hepburn, 52, expressed how pleased she was with […]

Letters to the Editor: Don’t make Shaunae the face of gender inequality in Bahamian law

Dear Editor, Equality Bahamas has observed that Shaunae Miller-Uibo’s gold medal win and the Bahamian thirst for victory on the international stage has, once again, drawn attention to inequality in nationality rights. Following Miller-Uibo’s 400m win, social media was abuzz not only with celebration, but concern that, should she choose to have children, they would […]

A GREAT START: Women’s rights activists celebrate elimination of “tampon tax”

NGO says govt must now focus on wider issues, namely women representation in leadership NASSAU, BAHAMAS — While applauding the government for removing value-added tax (VAT) on feminine hygiene products, the Caribbean Women in Leadership (CIWiL) Bahamas Chapter said yesterday there must be a continued focus on women’s issues in The Bahamas, including addressing the […]

CALLED INTO QUESTION: Komolafe’s arrest raises “troubling concerns” about gender bias, says local women’s group

Caribbean Women in Leadership (CIWiL) Bahamas Chapter stands in solidarity with DNA leader NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The recent detainment of Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Leader Arinthia Komolafe for a protest held weeks ago has raised “troubling concerns” relating to women’s equality in the country, the Caribbean Women in Leadership (CIWiL) Bahamas Chapter stated yesterday. Komolafe […]

Op-Ed: Creating safe cities for women and girls

By Allyson Maynard-Gibson UN Women has called gender-based violence (GBV) “the shadow pandemic”. This, like COVID-19, is a public health emergency. Public and private-sector coordinated responses and innovation are required. I hold up two tracks that are “people-centered”: legislation that makes GBV an offense; and promoting and supporting effective solutions. On the legislative front, I […]