67th Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

Posted on: August 1, 2017

 

Ms. Marion Bethel, Member of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women during her Rapporteurship of the Committee’s constructive dialogue with Barbados, 12 July, 2017 (Photo credit: UN WebTV)

 

GENEVA, Switzerland– The 67th Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women was convened in Geneva, Switzerland from 3 – 21 July, 2017.

Among the countries that came before the Committee pursuant to the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) were Italy, Thailand, Romania, Costa Rica, Montenegro, Barbados, Niger and Nigeria.

Ms. Marion Bethel, Member of the Committee for the term 2017-2020, served as Rapporteur, for the first time since her election, during the consideration of the Report of Barbados.

The delegation of Barbados to the Session was led by the Hon. Steven Blackett, Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development.

Barbados was commended for a number of legislative reforms undertaken in support of women’s rights as well as strengthening of related policy frameworks.

Issues of concern for the Committee during Barbados’ review included weaknesses and gaps in Constitutional provisions against discrimination on the basis of sex, challenges faced by Barbadian women in access to justice, and the potential risks posed by both new fiscal austerity measures and Barbados’ status as an International Financial Centre, to reducing social protection for women, both nationally and internationally.

Ms. Bethel has also been selected to serve on a number of Working Groups within the Committee such as Women, Peace & Security, Sustainable Development Goals and the Right to Education.

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women is the UN body of elected, independent experts on women’s rights who monitor the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women by all countries which are States Parties thereto.

Ms. Bethel is the first Bahamian national to have been elected to serve on a UN Treaty Body.

Ms. Marion Bethel (left) and H.E. Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan, Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development of Nigeria (right) following the review of Nigeria by the Committee.

Ms. Marion Bethel (right) pays a courtesy call on H.E. Rhoda M. Jackson, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva (centre) in the margins of the 67th Session of the CEDAW Committee. (Photo credit: Ms. Sasha Dixon, Second Secretary).



All News

BAHAMAS CONSUL GENERAL HOSTS RECEPTION FOR EXNIHILO ART CENTER

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In recognition of its ongoing commitment to “bolster art education, cultural exchange and economic growth in The Bahamas,” Ms. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to Washington, D.C., hosted a cocktail reception for the Exnihilo Art Center at the Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex, 1025 Vermont Avenue, N.W., on Thursday, April 4, 2016. Special…

Statement from The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Hurricane Earl in Belize

Press Release Statement from The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Hurricane Earl in Belize The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas expresses its sympathy to the Government and people of Belize, following the devastation caused by Hurricane Earl that resulted in excessive damage to infrastructures and buildings, and the…

BUCKEYE EXECUTIVE UPDATES AMBASSADOR ON FREEPORT PETROLEUM STORAGE OPERATIONS

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Mr. Steven E. Some, Director of Government Relations with Buckeye Partners L.P., headquartered in Breinigsville, Pennsylvania, updated His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, on his company’s petroleum storage operations in Freeport, Grand Bahamas, during a visit to The Bahamas Embassy, 2220 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., on Tuesday, August…

Passport Clinic and Meeting with Bahamians in Toronto

The Bahamas High Commission wishes to remind Bahamians that it will be hosting a passport clinic from 8-12 August 2016 in Toronto, Ontario at The Bahamas Tourism Office located at 212-2150 Islington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M9P 3V4 Canada, Phone: 416-241-6183.   To book an appointment to attend the Toronto Passport Clinic, please contact The Bahamas…

Young Bahamian Woman Tragically Shot in Atlanta

  The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration has the sad duty to advise that Ms Shanna Smith, a 24 year old young Bahamian woman, was shot in Atlanta sometime around 5.30am 4 August 2016. The shooting incident occurred in the Cascades neighbourhood, located in South West Atlanta.   Ms Smith was on her way…