Antigua and Barbuda Consultation on CEDAW reporting and implementation for state partners
St. Johns, Antigua and Barbuda: UN Women and the Directorate of Gender Affairs in Antigua and Barbuda recently supported consultations on CEDAW reporting and implementation for state partners and members of civil society organisations.
At least 30 officers participated from the Police, Statistics, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Legal Affairs, Ministry of Public Safety, the Office of the Ombudsman, Department of Social Policy and the Ministry of Social Transformation.
The consultation covered the links between CEDAW and the SDGs highlighting better practices from Ecuador and other countries in promoting CEDAW implementation. It was noted that sustainable development cannot be achieved without women’s empowerment and gender equality.
Participants praised the effectiveness of the consultation and their excitement in having an updated report from Antigua and Barbuda submitted; this will be the first since 1997.
The Acting Executive Director of the Directorate of Gender Affairs Farmala Jacobs stated: ‘This was extremely useful in demonstrating the CEDAW reporting and implementation cycle and how we can have a strategic approach to CEDAW reporting and implementation within the context of the SDGs’
The UN Human Rights Officer for Barbados and the OECS, Michelle Brathwaite, also provided support to the training.