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Ministerials Paragraphs Related to the Theme Paragraphs VII Summit
Reports
Date:  4/11/2012 
Suriname initiated a number of activities in order to strengthen the National Gender Management System.
The staff of the National Bureau for Gender Policy (NBG) and other relevant stakeholders have been trained in gender, gender analysis, gender mainstreaming, concepts of aid modalities, gender equality and gender budgeting, and in networking, lobbying and negotiation skills.

The necessary legislation and public policies that promote respect for women’s rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as gender equality, equity and parity have not been passed yet during the reporting period.

Notwithstanding, over the years women have made progress in political life and decision–making structures. In Suriname, indigenous people and maroons enjoy a form of autonomy within their communities. There are currently 1618 dignitaries, of which 657 women. There are no women in the positions of grand chief, tribal chief and head captain, but women appointed as captains and assistants of captains (basjas).

The judiciary has been strengthened with female judges, consisting now of 9 male and 10 female judges. There are currently 6 female members of parliament.

Gender in law
As a result of preparatory work by the Foundation Ilse Henar Legal Aid Bureau for Women, in cooperation with the Ministry of Home Affairs, a draft law on the Prevention of Sexual Harassment in the workplace, was formulated and has been presented to Parliament on October 19, 2011.

CHALLENGES IN GENDER
1. Lack of childcare during the day and evening.
2. Lack of specific policies and programs from government and political parties to increase the number of women in political governing bodies.
3. Due to the political culture within parties and the multi-ethnic aspects of the Surinamese society, the participation of women in politics is limited and differs per political party.
Paragraphs: 11 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

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