On April 23, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson addressed Zonta Club of Nassau’s monthly luncheon meeting held at Luciano’s of Chicago’s restaurant on East Bay Street. In her remarks, Chargé Johnson commended the women in attendance for their continued efforts to advance the status of women in The Bahamas. She also lauded Zonta Club’s partnerships with the Crisis Centre and AIDS Foundation, as well as their work with Bahamian youth through school literacy programs and the Z Clubs at the College of The Bahamas and St. John’s College.
The Chargé highlighted the U.S. Embassy’s tangible support to promote women’s empowerment, noting that the U.S. Embassy has partnered with a number of Bahamian government agencies and organizations, including the Bureau of Women’s Affairs, the Crisis Center and Zonta Club, to raise awareness about the importance of equality for women. Going forward, she reiterated that the U.S. Embassy will continue partnerships with government agencies and local NGOs to help empower Bahamian women. Chargé Johnson saluted the Bahamas government for its recent efforts to promote gender equality in The Bahamas, including the forthcoming referendum to provide a constitutional foundation for equality between women and men, and between girls and boys.
Zonta Club of Nassau is headed by President Bernadette Gibson. The U.S. Embassy’s Political and Economic Specialist Anne Marie Bain currently serves as the club’s Vice President.