by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Junior Minister and Minister responsible for Social Development and Gender Affairs, Hon Isalean Phillip, is currently at the 83rd Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in Geneva, Switzerland.
In a social media post on October 14, the Junior Minister shared that she reported and responded to questions on how the Federation has met its obligations under the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women convention.
“I spent two days and hours in session responding to thorough questions from Committee members who also offered report feedback and valuable recommendations on how the State can advance efforts to address gender-based violence, further implement gender mainstreaming, reform legislation, and adopt temporary special measures to improve gender equity and women’s empowerment.”
The Department of Gender Affairs has started an initiative to bridge the gap between the department and the Special Victim’s Unit (SVU) in the St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force. The initiative aims to support the Special Victim’s Unit’s efforts to recruit and train more officers in gender-sensitive response and investigation practices.
Minister Phillip added, “Gender Affairs also plans to build its own staff capacity in order to provide the expertise and curriculum that facilitates consistent and sustainable gender-sensitive training to all police officers as part of mandatory training programmes.”
The minister also shared that the session ended with high commendations from CEDAW for achievements already made, and members expressed their confidence Federation’s ability to move the women and girls empowerment agenda forward.
The 83rd Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) runs from October 10-28.