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Ministerials Paragraphs Related to the Theme Paragraphs VII Summit
Reports
Date:  6/21/2011 
Gender Equality

The Government of Barbados is in the process developing a National Policy on Gender and is committed to the development of all women. In the political arena, there is a level playing field for women and men to enter and actively participate. The Government has discerned that women are generally more reluctant to enter this field which is normally predominantly male, but has sought to encourage women to find their niche in politics. The Bureau of Gender Affairs in conjunction with the Caribbean Policy Development
Centre have embarked on a number of training initiatives designed to empower women
to take up the political mantle

A Barbadian female politician, Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner, currently sits as one of
the three Vice-Presidents of the Commission on Women (CIM) and serves as a positive
model for the women of the country.

The Government of Barbados strives to protect the rights of all women and children and seeks to eliminate all forms of discrimination and violence in accordance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence against Women "Convention of Belem do Para. Legislation has been passed in order to protect against incidences of Human Trafficking. A National Task Force on Human Trafficking currently exists but must be formalised. A Protocol on Human Trafficking to complement the legislation is being drafted.

Paragraphs: 6, 11 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

Date:  6/21/2011 
Protection of all people particularly women and children from sexual and economic exploitation

Barbados has ratified Convention No. 182 (the Worst Forms of Child Labour) and is committed to the precepts of that Convention. The Ministry of Labour has performed the important role of sensitizing its stakeholders and members of the public about the scourge of the worst forms of child labour through educational workshops, the print and electronic media.
Paragraphs: 6 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

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