International Women’s Day (8 March) was marked by the Cayman Islands government announcing that the United Kingdom has granted its request to be included in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), a 1979 treaty often referred to as an international women’s bill of rights.
“By accepting this convention,” said (Hon.) Tara Rivers, Minister for Gender Affairs, “it means that government will commit itself to take appropriate measures to promote gender equality and eliminate discriminatory practices in all forms.”
The 16-part convention covers a range of topics aimed as promoting or assuring gender equality and fighting injustices ranging from job and housing discrimination to deficiencies in health care access, marriage rights and political participation. Each country that signs onto the treaty commits itself to determining on its own how best to improve its policies and practices in each area.