Country / Region profile of: Bahamas

Women in the Bahamas succeeded in achieving universal suffrage over 50 years ago. Since then, the Bahamas has enacted several legislations to ensure gender equality, including the Domestic Violence (Protection Orders) Act, in 2007, the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Act of 2008, and the Trafficking in Persons (Prevention and Suppression) Act of 2008. In June 2016, the population of Bahamas rejected changes to the Constitution through a referendum. The government had previously noted that the changes were aimed at ensuring gender equality in citizenship matters. The Bahamas has not been involved in any significant conflict recently. The Bahamas acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on 6th October 1993 and ratified the Arms Trade Treaty on 25 September 2014. Bahamas did not participate in the UNSC Open Debate on WPS in October 2017 and it does not have a National Action Plan for implementing UNSCR 1325. Women in the Bahamas are working to secure equality through local action and participation in international dialogue under CEDAW.

"The support that we give each other is critical. We cannot do our work by bringing our sisters down...At the end of the day we have to recognize each other's strengths and commit to the advancement of women." - Marion Bethel