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Minister Rivers at UN

L-R: Ambassador Peter Wilson, Deputy Permanent Representative of the U.K. to the U.N; Minister Rivers; UK Minister of Gender and Equalities, Caroline Dinenage; Anguillan Minister for Gender Affairs, Cora Richardson-Hodge; Chief of the UN Treaty Section, Santiago Villalpando.

Minister for Gender Affairs, Hon. Tara Rivers was at the United Nations in New York today (Wednesday, 16th March) for the extension of 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 United Nations (U.N.) by the United Kingdom (U.K.) Minister for Gender and Equalities, Caroline Dinenage.

Ms Dinenage was also accompanied by Anguillan Minister for Gender Affairs, Cora Richardson-Hodge. Both Overseas Territory Ministers joined a substantial U.K. delegation for the opening of the 60th annual Commission on the Status of Women, held 14th to 16th March.

The request to have CEDAW extended to the Cayman Islands was granted recently by the U.K.

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 U.N. General Assembly and has been ratified by almost every single member of the United Nations.

Minister 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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