On August 17, Marion Bethel, paid a courtesy call to the U.S. Charge d’Affaires Lisa Johnson at the U.S. Embassy to discuss her recent appointment to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which will run for a period of four years. On June 22, Ms. Bethel was among 11 experts elected to serve on the CEDAW committee, replacing those whose four-year terms will expire at the end of 2016. The UN General Assembly adopted the convention in 1979 and it is described as an international bill of rights for women.
CARICOM endorsed Ms. Bethel’s nomination and she also received widespread support from many Asian, African, and European countries. Comprising 23 independent experts serving in their personal capacity, the committee monitors State implementation of the convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women.