Tara Rivers attends UN for CEDAW extension

| 18/03/2016
CNS Local Life

(L-R) Ambassador Peter Wilson, deputy permanent representative of the UK to the UN; Tara Rivers; UK Minister of Gender and Equalities, Caroline Dinenage; Anguillan Minister for Gender Affairs, Cora Richardson-Hodge; and chief of the UN Treaty Section, Santiago Villalpando

(CNS): Minister for Gender Affairs Tara Rivers was at the United Nations in New York on Wednesday, 16 March, for the extension of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) to the Cayman Islands. She was on hand when the formal instrument to extend CEDAW was deposited at the UN by the UK Minister for Gender and Equalities, Caroline Dinenage.

The UK minister, accompanied by the Anguillan Minister for Gender Affairs, Cora Richardson-Hodge, joined a substantial UK delegation for the opening of the 60th annual Commission on the Status of Women, held 14-16 March.

The UK recently granted the request to have CEDAW extended to the Cayman Islands.

UK extends women’s rights treaty to Cayman Islands

Countries that have ratified CEDAW are legally obligated to work towards implementing its provisions and are also committed to monitoring and reporting on the measures they have taken to comply with their treaty obligations.

Often described as an international bill of rights for women, CEDAW was adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly and has been ratified by almost every single member of that body.

Rivers also attended ministerial sessions and other side events on topics such as girls and STEM, and the gender pay gap.

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