The new Women and Gender Equality Commission will replace the National Commission on Women to play a more crucial role.
The responsibilities of the new body will include addressing gender issues, promoting the advancement of women in society and filing reports to international organisations.
Further, the Commission will be dealing with all policies and programmes at the highest level which will bring into effect the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women.
Aiding this cause, the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security is working diligently to ensure that human rights of both women and men are protected and maintained. That ministry is coordinating the nomination process for this Commission.
Further, the Commission aims to promote national recognition and acceptance that women’s rights are human rights, respect for gender equality, protection development and attainment of equality.
The Commission will comprise a 15-member body with persons being selected from 22 women and human rights entities countrywide.
Some of the entities include the AFC Women’s Arm, Anglican Mothers’ Union, Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana, Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha-Mahila Mandale, National Congress on Women, National Commission on Women, Red Thread Women’s Development Project, and Women’s Progressive Organisation, Civil Society, Trade Union Congress and the private sector.
The final stage of the nomination process will take place on Friday at the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security conference room.
The persons nominated by the group of entities will be forwarded to the select Parliamentary group whose responsibility will be to decide the final 15 persons who will comprise the Women and Gender Equality Commission.
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