Past IWF President and current Attorney General of the Bahamas the Hon. Allyson Maynard Gibson announced a new gender equality referendum which will go before Parliament during a meeting of the The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Grand Bahama Chapter.
The bill introduces bold, landmark action for progress for the women of the Bahamas. Here is a brief overview of the new laws Attorney General Maynard Gibson is proposing (from Freeport News):
This first Bill seeks to achieve gender equality as it seeks to give a child born outside The Bahamas to a Bahamian-born mother and non-Bahamian father the same automatic right to Bahamian citizenship that the Constitution already gives to a child born outside The Bahamas to a Bahamian-born father and a non-Bahamian mother
The second Bill seeks to enable a Bahamian woman who marries a foreign man to secure for him the same access to Bahamian citizenship that a Bahamian man has always enjoyed under the Constitution in relation to his foreign spouse.
The third Bill will give an unwed Bahamian father the same right to pass citizenship to his child that a Bahamian woman has always had under the Constitution in relation to a child born to her out of wedlock.
The fourth Bill seeks to end discrimination based on sex. This involves the insertion of the word “sex” in Article 26 of the Constitution so as to make it unconstitutional to discriminate based on whether someone is male or female.
Sharing the news with fellow leaders, Maynard Gibson had this to say, “don’t be distracted by metaphors. Athletes are trained to look forward, if they take too long and look to the side they do not win, it is important to keep an eye on the prize.”
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