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Bahamian Delegation Attend Women's Gender Session at UN
By Oswald Brown
Mar 14, 2017 - 2:47:57 PM

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The Bahamas delegation to CSW61, which commenced on Monday, March 13, 2017 at United Nations headquarters in New York.

UNITED NATIONS, New York -- Under the priority theme “Women's economic empowerment in the changing world of work,” the Sixty-First Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) commenced on Monday, March 13, 2017, at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The CSW is the principal global intergovernmental body dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

The Bahamas delegation to the CSW61 is lead by the Hon. Melanie S. Griffin, Minister of Social Services and Community Development, who is accompanied to New York by Mrs. Phedra Rahming, Acting Permanent Secretary, and Ms. Gaynel Curry, Director of Gender and Family Affairs.

During the opening ceremony of the annual session, Secretary General of the United Nations António Guterres remarked that the world needs more women leaders and more men promoting gender equality, noting that women's equality can add $12 trillion to global growth over the next decade and that when women meaningfully participate in the peace processes, the chance of sustainable peace goes up by 35 per cent over 15 years.

In her address, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlighted a slow progress in gender equality. She pointed out that more than half of all women workers around the world are informally employed, that women earn consistently less than men and that gaps exist, including in access to digital technologies.

CSW61 is scheduled to run until Friday, March 24, 2017.

The Hon. Melanie S. Griffin, Minister of Social Services and Community Development, is pictured with H.E. Dr. Elliston Rahming, Bahamas Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the Organization of American States (OAS).

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