Minister of Social Services and Community Development addressed the 61st Session on the Commission on Status of Women

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March 20, 2017

Today, the Honourable Melanie S. Griffin, Minister of Social Services and Community Development addressed the 61st Session on the Commission on the Status of Women to share The Bahamas' perspective on "Women in the Changing World of Work".

In her address, the Honourable Minister stated that, "It is undeniable that women across the globe have made notable progress in many spheres of society. This reality also holds true for The Bahamas – particularly in the area of education where females represent more than 50 percent of graduates at the secondary and tertiary levels...However, there is a disconnect between the success for women in education in The Bahamas and women in leadership.

While women represent 49 percent of the workforce, they are generally at lower-income levels, reflecting a deficit of females in high-level decision making positions – both in private and public sectors.

In the home, women take the lead in childrearing, caregiving and other unpaid work; a responsibility which should be shared with men in solidarity with women and in recognition of their parenting and other critical roles."

Minister Griffin assured the Commission that the Government of the Bahamas, among other things, is committed and is working toward changing the status of women, naming three initiatives, since 2016, that have been promoting gender equality and economic empowerment.

They are the Draft 25 year National Development Plan, the creation of the Department of Gender and Family Affairs and the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development's Renewing, Inspiring, Sustaining, and Empowering Programme, known as RISE.

The Commission on the Status of Women is a global mechanism dedicated to promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. This year's session convenes under the theme "Women in the Changing World of Work- Planet 50:50 by 2030".

Minister Griffin heads a twenty-seven member delegation comprised of both government and non-governmental organizations in The Bahamas and is assisted by Ambassador Elliston Rahming, Permanent Representative to the United Nation and the Organization of American States, and his efficient team within the Permanent Mission, New York.

She is accompanied by Mrs. Phedra Rahming, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social Services & Community Development and Ms. Gaynel Curry, Director of the Department of Gender and Family Affairs.

The Honourable Melanie Griffin, Minister of Social Services and Community Development. Delegation Photo-Minister Melanie Griffin, Ambassador Elliston Rahming, Permanent Representative to the United Nation and the Organization of American States, Acting Permanent Secretary Phedra Rahming, Ministry of Social Services and Community Development, and Director Gaynel Curry, Department of Gender and Family Affairs.

Delegation Reception Photo (picture in front of Bahamian artwork) taken at the 61st Session of CSW at the Permanent Mission, NewYork.- Minister Melanie Griffin, Ambassador Elliston Rahming, Permanent Representative to the United Nation and the Organization of American States,Acting Permanent Secretary Phedra Rahming, Ministry of Social Services and Community Development, Director Gaynel Curry, Department of Gender and Family Affairs, Senator Monique Gomez.

Simone Bridgewater

News date : 03/20/2017    Category : About Bahamians, Press Releases

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