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BAHAMAS: Government Makes Commitment to End Gender-Based Violence by 2030; Campbell Outlines Plan of Action

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#Nassau, November 26, 2019 – Bahamas – The Government of The Bahamas has committed to doing all in its power to end Gender-Based Violence in the Commonwealth by the Year 2030, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell, said Monday.

Addressing the 2019 Launch of the Sixteen Days of Activism for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls held in Rawson Square, Minister Campbell said the commitment was made by himself on behalf of the Government of The Bahamas while attending the International Conference on Population Development (ICPD) 25th Anniversary Meeting. 

Minister Campbell, was accompanied to ICPD 25 by the Hon. Brensil A. Rolle, Minister for the Public Service and National Insurance, and Mrs. Elaine Sands, Gender-Based Violence Expert in the Department of Gender and Family Affairs, Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development. The Conference took place November 12-14 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Co-convened by the Government of Kenya, the Kingdom of Denmark and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Meeting was a High-Level Summit that focused on the recommitment of world leaders to complete the ICPD Programme of Action that was initiated in Cairo, Egypt, in 1994, and in recognition of its “important contribution” to accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 2030 Agenda.

The Programme of Action serves as a blueprint for the empowerment of women and girls for their sake, and for the benefit of their families, communities and nations.

“I was pleased, on behalf of the Government and People of The Bahamas, to commit that The Bahamas will do all that it can to end Gender-Based Violence by 2030 — Zero Gender-Based Violence by 2030,” Minister Campbell said. “That is a very ambitious undertaking, but it is something I am satisfied that we can do if everyone participates; if everyone finds their role and [would] get up and do something.”

Minister Campbell outlined the Government’s Plan of Action to meet this objective through the Ministry, the Department of Gender and Family Affairs and its various stakeholders and partners.

One aspect of the Plan is to place even greater focus on perpetrators of Gender-Based Violence.

“Unless or until there is a shift in the mindsets and perspectives of the persons who perpetrate this violence, we will just be spinning wheels; we will just be going around in circles,” Minister Campbell said to a rousing round of applause.

“Therefore it is our intent to annually target 150 inmates housed at The Bahamas Department of Corrections through our partnership with the Prison Fellowship Bahamas Programme and work with them to ensure that they have an appreciation for the wrong that they have done; that they have an appreciation for the need to repent for their actions, and that they have an appreciation for the need to care for, and love, our women and girls.”

Minister Campbell said the Plan of Action does not stop there.

“We realize that as we work and focus on changing the mindsets and perspectives of those who would have already committed those breaches and infractions, that it is important that we also work on some level of prevention and so we will work with 500 boys from the private and public-school sector to cause them to have an appreciation for the partnerships that are necessary with our females; for the roles that they (as males) were called upon to play by the Almighty Himself, for them to protect our females; for them to have an appreciation that in order for The Bahamas to advance to the next level, we must have those firm and solid partnerships between boys and girls who will grow up to be women and men who will take over this country from us.

“We will also work with the Archdiocese of Nassau (Roman Catholic Church) which has a programme for batterers (The Men’s Group) that is populated predominantly by persons who are sent from the Courts.”

Minister Campbell told the attendees that the country needs to have “an all hands on deck” attitude in the fight to end Gender-Based Violence, and violence in general.

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Header: Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell, addressing the 2019 Launch of 16 Days of Activism for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls held in Rawson Square, Monday, November 25. The date is observed globally as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls and is one of many activities scheduled to commemorate the National Women’s Suffrage Movement in The Bahamas.

First insert: Mrs. Coralee Adderley, Chairperson of the National Women’s Advisory Council (NWAC), Dr. Cleopatra Williams, Life Changers Ministries International, and Ms. Marisa Mason-Smith, Chairperson, Zonta National Advocacy Committee, during Monday’s Launch of 16 Days of Activism for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls held under the theme: “Take A Stand: Lock Hands and Hearts.”

Second insert: Representatives from female organizations across The Bahamas joined the Zonta Club of New Providence, the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development and the Department of Gender and Family Affairs, Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development, and S.M.A.R.T. Women at the Launch of the 16 Days of Activism for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls, held Monday (November 25, 2019) in Rawson Square. The Launch was also attended by Speaker of the House of Assembly, the Hon. D. Halson Moultrie and Mrs. Moultrie; Mrs. Patricia Minnis, Office of the First Spouse, and Mrs. Ann Marie Davis, wife of the Leader of the Official Opposition, the Hon. Philip “Brave” Davis. Mrs. Davis is an avid partner in the fight against Gender-Based Violence in The Bahamas.

(BIS Photo/Matt Maura)

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Over 68,000 STAYED HOME in Bahamas Elections; We have BEST and WORST for Voter Participation

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#TheBahamas, September 21, 2021 – The just-concluded General Election in Bahamas has presented a new shift in governance.  The former ruling part, Free National Movement, lost nearly all the electoral seats it secured in the 2017 general elections.  However, this seems a swap of the Progressive Liberal party’s score in the 2017 general elections in which the former ruling party (FNM) won nearly all the parliamentary seats.

68,000 STAYED AWAY

While the FNM secured 35 out of 39 seats in the 2017 ballot, leaving only four slots for the Opposition, the 2021 elections presented “new day” with the Opposition clinching 32 parliamentary seats, leaving the former ruling party FNM with only seven slots.

However, the election results showed a significant drop in voter turnout compared to the 2017 election results. Out of 194,494 registered voters in The Bahamas, only 126,414 voted, translating to 65 per cent voter turnout.

PREVIOUS ELECTION HIGHER

This was different from the previous election in which 160,407 out of 181,543 registered voters cast their ballots, translating to a remarkable 88.36 per cent voter turnout.

Being the first election in the island nation since the Covid-19 struck the Caribbean; the dismal voter turnout could be attributed to the severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in The Bahamas and the current countermeasures taken by individuals to avoid contracting the deadly virus.

It could also be voter apathy.

BEST IN SHOW

Despite coronavirus prevalence in the country, North Andros & Berry Islands, Cat Island, Rum Cay & San Salvador, and Mangrove Cay & South Andros constituencies recorded an impressive voter turnout of 77.99 per cent, 76.11 per cent and 73.06 per cent respectively.

North Andros & Berry Islands had 2,126 out of 2,569 registered voters cast their ballots, followed by 1,255 out of 1,622 in Cat Island, Rum Cay & San Salvador, and 1,706 out of 2,164 registered voters in Mangrove Cay & South Andros.

VERY LOW SHOW

The bottom three constituencies in terms of voter turnout include Bamboo Town, which had 3,436 out of 5,838 (58.63 per cent) registered voters cast their ballot, followed by Garden Hills with 3,033 out of 5,287 (57.09 per cent), and   Central & South Abaco falling at the bottom of the list with 1,844 out of 3,271 (55.96 per cent).

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BAHAMAS: Nine new Cabinet ministers sworn-in

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#TheBahamas, September 21, 2021 – Prime Minister the Hon. Philip Davis today introduced the first set of new Cabinet ministers with portfolios covering the Attorney General, Foreign Affairs, Education, Works and Public Utilities, Health and Wellness, Government Affairs, Agriculture, National Security and Legal Affairs.

The nine ministers were sworn-in on Monday 20 September 2021 by Governor-General the Most Hon. Sir Cornelius A. Smith during ceremonies held at the Baha Mar Convention Center.

“They are the initial members of a Cabinet which will reflect the breadth and depth of the competencies and characteristics of our team: experience combined with innovation; expertise combined with a willingness to see things anew; integrity and a strong sense of purpose,” said Prime Minister Davis.

“They are receiving these appointments because of their determination to get things done.”

Among the new Ministers sworn-in on Monday were:

  • Senator the Hon. L. Ryan Pinder, Attorney General;
  • Hon. Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Public Service;
  • Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin, Minister of Education, and Technical and Vocational Training;
  • Hon. Alfred Sears, Minister of Works and Utilities;
  • Dr. Hon. Michael Darville, Minister of Health and Wellness;
  • Senator the Hon. Michael Halkitis, Minister of Government Affairs and Leader of Government Business in the Senate;
  • Hon. Clay Sweeting, Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs;
  • Hon. Wayne Munroe, Minister of National Security; and
  • Hon. Jomo Campbell, Minister of State for Legal Affairs.

“I am confident that these first-appointed members of our Cabinet team are ready to deliver on the promise of a New Day for our Bahamas,” said the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Davis pledged to move with urgency to address the economic and health crises that are faced by The Bahamas.

Many thousands of Bahamians are out of work, people are losing too many loved ones to the COVID-19 virus and Bahamian schoolchildren are falling behind, said Prime Minister Davis.

“I want to be clear: we are not here to tinker at the edges of these problems,” said the Prime Minister.

“We are here to meet them head on.”

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Prime Minister Hon. Philip Davis pledges to govern in the interests of all Bahamians

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#TheBahamas, September 19, 2021 – During his ceremonial swearing-in today as the nation’s fifth Prime Minister, Hon. Philip Davis pledged to govern in the interests of all Bahamians and to consult widely with the Bahamian people.

The best way to make progress as a nation is to bring people together, said Prime Minister Davis, who was presented with his instruments of Office in ceremonies held at the Baha Mar Convention Centre, on Saturday 18 September 2021.

Prime Minister Davis was officially sworn in as Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas on Friday 17 September 2021 at the Office of the Governor General.

“We will uphold the constitution and the rule of law, and ensure that everyone is treated fairly, so that it’s not one rule for one set of people, and another for another set of people,” said the Prime Minister.

“There is much work to be done; but I know that by working together we can succeed and build the kind of prosperous, independent Bahamas that our founding fathers dreamed for us.”

Prime Minister Davis said that while there are big challenges ahead for The Bahamas, his team has the right vision and policies to take the country forward.

The Prime Minister said the new administration is coming into office at a time when the Bahamian people are hurting as never before.

The country faces many crises due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an economy in decline and deeply concerning challenges in education, said Prime Minister Davis.

If everyone works together towards a common purpose, in the common interest and for the common good, great things are possible for The Bahamas and its people, said the Prime Minister.

But no government can do great things on its own, Prime Minister Davis added.

“I am sure that my government can only succeed if we partner with the Bahamian people,” said the Prime Minister.
“We are going to listen, we are going to consult widely and we are going to bring people together.”

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18 September 2021
Office of the Prime Minister
Commonwealth of The Bahamas
Contact: opmcommunications@bahamas.gov.bs
Website: opm.gov.bs

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