Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin says Cayman’s addition to an international treaty on women’s rights is a promise kept by his Progressives administration on recognising the value of women in Caymanian society.
The Premier’s comments came at a Tuesday (8 March) news conference announcing that the Cayman Islands would join the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). He also mentioned the positive effect for women in the workforce who would be helped by the recent enactment of a minimum wage.
Her Excellency, Governor Helen Kilpatrick joined the Premier and the Minister for Gender Affairs Hon. Tara Rivers is paying tribute to Cayman’s past female leaders who pushed for gender equality. But she said that while past generations have made present conditions better, her generation should be doing the same for Cayman’s daughters and granddaughters.
“Even in a country like Cayman which is very forward thinking, there still is discrimination against women. There’s still discrimination in the workplace. There’s discrimination sometimes against pregnant women or single mothers. And it really is my hope for my daughter that this is something she won’t be thinking about because equality will have pervaded the workplace.”
Under CEDAW, Minister Rivers says the government will report in one year on its progress toward changing policies and practices that hamper gender equality.