UNITED NATIONS, New York — On the eve of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) elections on 21 June, 2016, pictured in front from left to right: Miss. Phedra Rahming of Ministry of Social Services; Mrs. Marion Bethel, CEDAW Candidate; the Hon. Melanie Griffin, Bahamas Minister of Social Services and Community Development; and Ms. Gaynell Curry, Bahamian National working at the UN. In the back row from left to right: DPR Tishka Francis, Charmaine Williams, Angelika Hillbrandt and Charice Rolle of the Bahamas UN Mission. CEDAW is composed of 23 independent experts who are persons of high moral standing and competence in the field covered by the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. Members are elected for a term of four years by a meeting of States parties, in accordance with article 17 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, consideration being given to equitable geographical distribution.