July 2018

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Rhoda Reddock on UN Committee

Professor Rhoda Reddock was elected on June 7 to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the first ever candidate presented by the T&T Government and the recipient of 158 out of 185 votes – the highest number of votes received among the candidates. She will serve from 2019 to 2022.

CEDAW provides a universal standard for women's human rights. It addresses discrimination in areas such as education, employment, marriage and family relations, health care, politics, finance and law. The Committee monitors and assists those states who are party to the agreement in improving their human rights record and providing women and girls with equal access to opportunities for growth and development.

UWI Professor Indar Ramnarine noted that the sweeping of the field was no surprise to the Faculty and Staff of the St Augustine Campus. He said: “Professor Reddock’s pioneering work and activism, her achievements as Head of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, and later as Deputy Campus Principal at St Augustine, are well documented and internationally lauded. We wish her and her colleagues on CEDAW every success in this critical area of social transformation and justice.”